India's longest ropeway route to come up between Mumbai and Elephanta Island
India's first across-a-sea and the longest of all ropeways will soon connect Mumbai and Elephanta Island, situated in the Arabian Sea. Mumbai Port Trust is taking responsibility to facilitate the construction of this ropeway for a stretch of 8 km. Starting at Sewri Fort in the east coast area, the ropeway will end across the harbour, in Raigad district. The duration of the travel is expected to be around 40 minutes.
This comprises a cable car which can accommodate 20 people at once. The route always has a transit station in the middle. According to a report by India Today, tourists can also hop aboard a toy train which takes them to the base of the hill, a distance of around 600m, for the climb up to the caves is complex.
Elephanta Island, a world heritage site, is popularly known for the Elephanta Caves. The island, dotted with archaeological monuments and ancient temples, is visited by around 5,000 domestic and foreign tourists. The majority of Elephanta Island's roughly 1,200 residents are fisherfolk and farmers.