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India’s First and Longest Sea Ropeway

  • 12 Aug 2019
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India’s first and longest sea ropeway project that will connect Mumbai with the Elephanta Caves, is scheduled to start by the end of the year 2019.

  • The 8-km ropeway will begin from Sewri in Mumbai’s east coast and end at Raigad district’s Elephanta Island.
  • Need: The caves see an annual footfall of nearly seven lakh visitors and are one of the must-visit places around Mumbai. Presently, it takes around an hour for the 10-km cruise from Mumbai and vice versa.
  • The 14-minute ride by 30-seater cable cars will give a major boost to tourism.
  • It is Rs. 700 crore PPP (Public-Private Partnership) project which will be executed by the Mumbai Port Trust, under the Ministry of Shipping.

Elephanta Caves

  • The Elephanta caves, located on the Elephanta Islands (in the Arabian Sea), off Mumbai, was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.
  • Known locally as Gharapuri Caves, these were constructed about the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD.
  • The seven caves constitute one of the most striking collections of rock-art in India.
    • There are two groups of caves. To the east, Stupa Hill (named because of a small brick Buddhist monument at the top) contains two caves, one of which is unfinished, and several cisterns.
    • To the west, the larger group consists of five rock-cut Hindu shrines.
  • The main cave is universally famous for its carvings to the glory of Shiva, who is exalted in various forms and actions. The cave consists of a square plan mandapa whose sides measure about 27 m.

Source: IE

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