The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has proposed a passenger ropeway from the base of hillock to the Fort on Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBOT) basis. Speaking to Express, APTDC officials said that the length of the ropeway would be 870 metres and would have four cabins with carrying capacity of 4-6 passengers each.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 6.10 crore. The developer is expected to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the project. The YATC has invited Request for Proposal document from the agencies. There will be a pre-bid meeting on February 5 and the last date for submission of the bids is February 25.
After the work is awarded, the said agency has to complete the work in a span of two years and the operation period would be 18 years. The ropeway will be be built on Jig back system (monocable type), each cabin accommodating 4 to 6 persons. The journey time would be 4 minutes. The tickets would be priced at Rs 100 for adults and Rs 50 for children. Currently on an average about 150-200 people visit the fort daily and on weekends and holidays it will be few thousands.
Bhongir is situated on the Hyderabad-Warangal national highway with an ancient fort on the top of a hill which is of historical importance.
The fort was built on an isolated monolithic rock by the Western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI and was thus named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. Gradually it became Bhuvanagiri and subsequently Bhongir. At the foot of the fortified rocks 609.6 meters above the sea level stands the town of Bhongir. On the other side there is a steep trek through a winding pathway to reach the Fort.
It has a unique egg-shaped construction with two entry points protected by huge rocks, so the fort was considered practically impregnable by invading armies. The splendid historical fort with the awe-inspiring rock and the aesthetically fortified courts which have stood the ravages of time stir the imagination of tourists.
Within commutable distance is the famous Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple in Yadagirigutta attracting nearly 5,000 to 10,000 pilgrims daily. Also there is a Surendrapuri Museum on the way to the said temple attracting about 700-800 visitors daily.
Warangal is also a tourist place with a 1,000 pillar temple and other tourist attractions visited by the people from twin cities mostly on weekends and holidays.
The Bhongir Fort is managed by the state Archaeology and Museums Department.
APTDC has already taken up improvement and beautification programme under Central Financial Assistance (CFA) scheme as part of its tourism promotional activities, officials added.