Ropeways have the potential to become sophisticated and advanced mode of transportation in India.
Aditya Chamaria, MD, Damodar Ropeways and Infra Limited (DRIL)
India received its first mode of modern transportation in 1853 when the first railway line was laid from Bombay to Thane to boost industrial activities and ensure easy accessibility to heavy raw materials. In the following years, constructing steam-driven railways, narrow-gauge trains, and material ropeways etc was restricted to improving the infrastructure in the region and creating a passage for movement of raw materials.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) was formulated in 1942 to increase the efficiency of mobility and transport in the country, and thereby facilitate infra developments across the country. Entrusted with such a mammoth responsibility, this apex body has come a long way since its 79 years of establishment, during which it has delivered prolific highways, expressways and elevated corridors. Now, as we move towards adopting environment-friendly, New Age transportation systems, the recent announcement to bring ropeways under the ambit of MoRTH will encourage the practice and establishment of innovative mobility solutions in India.