In some good news for pilgrims and devotees, the pilgrimage city of Haridwar is getting laser-guided podcars. In a move to ease transportation woes, the city will get a batch of podcars that will help in transporting people from one point to another within the city. While Haridwar getting podcars, the neighbouring cities, Rishikesh (which is equally considered a place for devotion) and Dehradun are getting ropeways. The new order has come in to make transportation more accessible in the hilly terrain of the cities.
What Does This Mean For Tourists?
The state of Uttarakhand has signed A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Delhi Metro Rail Commission (DMRC) to get the project underway. According to Uttarakhand’s urban development minister, Madan Kaushik, the concept was inspired by the cost-friendly personal rapid transit systems as seen in Germany and the United Kingdom. Due to the arid terrain of the cities in the north, the DMRC officials have agreed that these transport systems work perfectly for them. They are also cost-effective and easy on the maintenance side of things. News has it that the podcars will be used to ferry tourists from one end of the city to the other.
From what we hear, the blueprint of the podcar corridor in Haridwar will be roughly 8 kilometres long. It is supposed to canvass the territory that begins from the shrine of Brahma Kund in Har-Ki-Pauri to Jwalapur. The plans are to have around 11 stations in that stretch. If you are confused about what a laser-guided podcar is, it is basically a taxi system which can take up to six passengers in a go. This will be operable by a laser-guided system and more news is awaited on that front.
Meanwhile, in Rishikesh, the ropeways will connect the banks of the Ganges and give some relief to the Ram Jhula bridge which currently gets the brunt of traffic and weight as it is a suspension bridge. The news of the ropeway comes at a good time as another bridge, Laxman Jhula had been shut down for a while after concerns over its strength came up.
it’s good to see alternative modes of transport in these regions which see a lot of tourists every year.