Kathmandu: Butwal and Palpa are connected by cable car as the Lumbini Cable Car officially started its operation from Thursday.
The cable car connects Bamghat in Butwal Sub-metropolitan City of Rupandehi district and Basantapur Danda in Tinahu Rural Municipality of Palpa district. The cable car project is expected to boost tourism in the area and provide a new mode of transportation for locals and visitors alike.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Thursday inaugurated the Lumbini Cable Car. The cable car, which is about 3 km from Golpark in Butwal to Basantapur in Palpa with 24 gondolas, was built with the investment of IME Group.
According to the Chairman of Lumbini Cable Car Pvt. Ltd. Chandra Prasad Dhakal, the Lumbini Cable Car has added a new religious and tourist destination to Basantapur. “The investments were made in the cable car, seeing the possibility of attracting Indians from various cities including Gorakhpur and Lucknow to Palpa,” he said, adding that the total cost of the project, including the cable car and resort, is Rs 5 billion.
The process for the construction of the cable car project started in 2013 and the foundation stone was laid by KP Sharma Oli in February 2021.
The cable car, which will operate under a single detachable gondola system, will transport 6,000 passengers daily in 24 gondolas, with a capacity of eight persons per gondola. There are nine cable car towers at a distance of about three kilometres. The government has granted 6.27 hectares of forest area for 25 years for the cable car operations.