CHITWAN, April 14: With the beginning of the Nepali New Year 2080 BS, cable car service has started to go to and return from the Maulakalika temple in Gaindakot, Nawalpur. The cable car has been operational since 6 AM on Friday.
The official inauguration of the cable car with a hotel built at a cost of nearly Rs 1.5 billion is planned for mid-May.
Six towers have been built on the 1,200 meter long cable car. There are 12 passenger carriages (gondolas) and two baggage carriages. A coach has the capacity to accommodate eight passengers at a time. According to the company, each coach takes five minutes to reach from one station to another.
Similarly, a hotel with 60 rooms is being built at the upper station of the cable car. According to Chandra Dhakal, president of IME Group, it will take another five months to operate the hotel. There will be a helipad on top of the hotel. Dhakal said that there will be a meeting hall with a capacity of 4500 people and a swimming pool.
On the occasion of the inauguration, the cable car has set a two-way fare at Rs 550. The cable car has set a ticket price of Rs 330 for children between three to four feet, Rs 415 for students, Rs 415 for senior citizens and Rs 275 for the differently abled people. The cable car company has said that it will provide free service for senior citizens above 80 years and children below three feet.