Mumbai-Elephanta ropeway project to begin from September 2019

Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) believes that the project will boost tourism as people will reach Elephanta caves in mere 14 minutes which otherwise takes an hour

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Soon, Mumbaikars will be able to travel to Elephanta caves on Gharapuri island in mere 14 minutes as the Central government’s standing finance committee has cleared the proposal for an 8-km Mumbai-Elephanta ropeway. Considering it as a first-of-its-kind across the sea ropeway in the country, Mumbai Port Trust (MbPt) will finally take up the project three years after hitting upon this plan to boost tourism.


Currently, one can visit Elephanta caves by ferries, which take close to an hour and also depends on weather conditions.

MbPT is planning to get all statutory clearances by August next year and the project will be undertaken on a public-private partnership model. The work is expected to start in September 2019 and might wind up by October 2022. 

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According to MbPT chairperson Sanjay Bhatia, the ropeway will be a landmark tourist attraction. Nearly 10,000 sqm of land will be given for the terminal’s construction. 

This year in February, the island was connected to the electric grid that was living in darkness for the past 70 years when power lines were reportedly torn down at the end of the British rule. Besides this, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has been organising a two-day Elephanta Cultural Festival, every February for nearly 30 years.

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