City Ropeway To Start In Varanasi From Dev Deepawali

Switzerland-based company Berthollet is constructing the ropeway in Kashi at a cost of Rs 807 crore


The upcoming urban transport ropeway in Varanasi, Kashi, is set to be a transformative project, aimed at easing traffic congestion and providing an efficient mode of transportation for both residents and tourists. Here are the key details of the project:

Project Overview

  • Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Cost: ₹807 crore
  • Constructed by: Switzerland-based company Berthollet
  • Operational Date: Expected by Dev Deepawali

Features of the Ropeway

  • Stations: Starting at Varanasi Junction Cantt Railway Station and ending at Rath Yatra.
  • Capacity: 3,000 passengers per hour in one direction, totaling 6,000 passengers per hour in both directions.
  • Travel Time: Approximately 16 minutes from Cantt Railway Station to Godaulia.
  • Height: Estimated 45 to 50 meters above ground.
  • Trolleys: 150 trolley cars, each with a capacity of 10 passengers.
  • Frequency: Gondolas available every 1.5 to 2 minutes.
  • Operating Hours: 16 hours daily.

Current Progress

  • Equipment: Imported from Switzerland.
  • Installation: Stations and towers are being rapidly constructed.
  • Anchor Bolts: Installed at Vidyapeeth station.
  • Conveyors: Several acceleration and de-acceleration conveyors installed.
  • Towers: Work in progress on 16 towers, with 2 already installed between Varanasi Junction Railway Station and Rath Yatra.


  • Tourism: Facilitates travel for tourists during Dev Deepawali, a major festival.
  • Traffic Relief: Alleviates the traffic burden in one of India’s most congested cities.
  • Pollution-Free: Provides an eco-friendly transportation option.

The ropeway project in Varanasi is a significant infrastructure development, promising to improve urban mobility and enhance the city’s appeal as a tourist destination. With the trial run expected soon, the project is on track to meet its completion goal by Dev Deepawali.

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