The level-I trial of the much-awaited funicular trolley project at Saptashrungi Gadh temple was conducted successfully on Monday. The funicular trolleys reached the shrine from the foothills in about three minutes. The level-II, level-III and advanced security tests are scheduled to be conducted next week. Technicians from Italy and Japan would visit the temple to conduct these tests.”We successfully conducted the trial run of the trolleys brought from Kolkata, which was a crucial step in this ambitious project.
We are looking forward to make the trolleys fully functional by the end of May. Thereafter, the devotees could skip climbing 550 stairs to reach the ancient temple,” said Rajeev Lumba, the manager of Suyog Gurbaxani Funicular Ropeways Pvt Ltd, which is handling the project on a built operate transfer (BOT) basis.The technicians from Italy will conduct security checks, while the Japanese experts will carry out the train movement and emergency speed control tests from next week. Once certified by the foreign experts, the trolley service will be open for the public.Accordingly, the devotees will be able reach the temple, located 1,402.08m above the sea level and at a distance of about 100m from the foothills, in about three minutes.