The long pending Shillong ropeway project which the government has been pursuing will finally be able to see the light of day by the second week of January.
This was informed by Tourism Minister Paul Lyngdoh to media persons here today.
According to Lyngdoh, the delay of the project so far was due to difficulties in getting clearance from the Forest Department because this involves exchange of land and reforestation programme.
However, these hurdles have all been cleared and the iconic project should be able to take off by the second week of January, Lyngdoh said.
“First, before we undertake the execution of the project, a major hurdle was the issue of land for land which is the afforestation part of it because when the Forest Department was to part with its plot to make way for this project, it also needed another plot in exchange. That plot has already been identified and has already been parted with. So all those initial hurdles have been cleared and we hopefully should be able to see this project come through. And it will be the biggest of its kind in the Northeast,” he said.
Lyngdoh informed that the tender for the project will be floated by the third week of January 2024 and the entire project would take about 18 months to two years to be completed.
“We will be in a position to lay the foundation stone of the project by January since we have got all clearances from various departments,” informed the tourism minister.