Gandola project in Jammu was first prepared in 1995. It is a Rs 75-crore project meant to be operated from Bahu Fort to Mubarak Mandi Complex initially but the project was later modified and relocated when Mubarak Mandi and Bahu Fort were declared protected monuments.
The 1.57-km cable car project has two stretches — first from Bahu Fort to Mahamaya Park, which is 447-m-long, and the second is from Mahamaya to Peerkho over the Tawi River and its total length is 1,118 m.
The Gandola project has delayed repeatedly. It was supposed to be open for public use on 31st October, 2018 but due to reasons unknown, it has been postponed to next year on 31st March, 2019.
The demand for Jammu Rope way project was raised by Business men, Hotel owners, taxi drivers in Jammu with an aim to attract tourists in Jammu.
The Gandola project was meant a boost to the tourism industry of the Jammu regions, so that people will spend more time in Jammu.
Hotel Association president, Pawan Gupta said that due to train service to Katra directly, tourist find the needless to visit and stay in Jammu and they directly visit to the Vaishno Devi shrine, Amarnath shrine, Patnitop and other tourist destinations.The cable car project aimed at connecting heritage sites across the city which would give tourists reason to visit Jammu and give an edge to tourism in Jammu.
He asserted that the projects should be time- bound and the concerned authority should be made accountable to ensure smooth and timely completion of projects.
Kamal Gupta, a businessman from Jammu said that why is it so that every project in Jammu is never completed on time. Is Gandola project such an unmanageable project that could not be completed on time? A project that takes barely three months has delayed for three years now.
President Taxi Union, Inderjeet Sharma pointed out that even though its first trial was conducted successfully, still the rope way has yet not been made available for the public.