Wish to travel over the sea? Soon, India’s first sea ropeway will link Mumbai with Elephanta Island
Very soon, India will have its longest ropeway, connecting Mumbai with the famous Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea. The 8-km ropeway will be constructed by the Mumbai Port Trust.
The ropeway will begin at the Sewri in Mumbai’s east coast and will end at Raigad district. Elephanta Island is famous for Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
There will be few stops en route and that the cable height, capacity of cars and other technical details are being worked out, said PK Sinha, deputy chief engineer of the Mumbai Port Trust.
Elephanta Island is also known as Gharapuri or Pory Island. It is currently accessible by ferry boats from Mumbai that leave daily from the Gateway of India. The small 16 sq. km island has several archaeological remains pointing to its rich cultural heritage, including the famous temples carved out of rocks.
It will be India’s first ropeway across the sea. The duration of the travel is expected to be around 40 minutes. The 20-seater cable car will have a transit station midway. The island, dotted with archaeological remains is visited by nearly 5,000 domestic and foreign tourists.