The famous tourist spot, Rajgir is to have a new and advance hi-tech rope-ways very soon. A high level meeting of Department of Tourism, Bihar presided over by the CM, Nitish Kumar cleared the proposal for the same recently. The construction of new rope-ways will cost Rs 8.5 crore. Proposal for a similar rope-ways for the famous Mundeshwari temple in Kaimur district has also been cleared during the meeting.
It was also decided to accord the heritage status to the existing rope-ways, which is believed to be oldest in the Country, once the new rope-ways starts functioning. This chair-lift aerial rope-ways was donated by the famous Japanese monk, Fuji Guruji. This rope-ways has been the scene of the movie Johny Mera Naam starring Devanand and Hema Malini during the late 70s. Jayprakash Narayan was the first to take ride on this rope-ways. The job of preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) was entrusted to RITES, an enterprise of Government of India by the State government. The new rope-ways would accommodate several persons in each of its cabin, as against the existing rope-ways where only one person can sit in a cabin. The people now in groups can enjoy the ride in the backdrop of Ratnagiri hills together.
The existing rope-ways is currently the highest revenue generator for the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC). It is hoped that with the commissioning of the new rope-ways, the revenue from this will increase substantially. Rajgir already is tourist puller destination due to its historic and religious importance. It is set to become more popular destination with the functioning of the proposed rope-ways.