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The "New" Ropeway (1964-1991) - Competing with trucks on the road from Raxaul in India, freight was hauled over the mountains on this ropeway. It was still in operation in Mar 1990.

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Comments (5)

thapa.birendra on January 9, 2011

Daer was great to view your photo of this ropeway line, which brings me back the sights of my child hood. Unfortunately, after the advent of "Democracy" in Nepal in 1990, the same truch syndicates somehow carteled to bring the death to this fantastic means of transportation. Now, the line can be seen in some places along the route in delapated condition. In most of the urban areas the land under the line has already been captured by land sharks. A pitiful story.

Thank you once again for the photo.

MaxFarrar on January 11, 2011

Thanks Thapa. Yes I would have liked to see the ropeway working in the old days. It was cost-effective before there was a road from Raxaul to Kathmandu. Maybe someday it will be cost-effective again.

I have a question for you. I am not exactly sure where I took this picture in 1990 on a walk through Kirtipur. Nor can I see the remaining ropeway towers on G-E. Could you please suggest a location where this tower is now, or used to be in 1990? Thanks.

thapa.birendra on March 17, 2013

The photo you have posted, I believe, is from Tyangla Phant, next to the Tribhuwan University. Now the lush green fields have already been yielded by the uncontrolled urbanization. I think you have photographed facing east as Shivapuri and Dharahara is in the background. This is the only place that is flat and offer the frame. I shall place the photo in map.

MaxFarrar on March 17, 2013

Thank you Thapa: I will accept your suggested location even though I cannot see the ropeway tower there in the earliest Google Earth satellite photo (21 Oct 2003) using the historical imagery function. That old satellite image shows a number of towers crossing the valley diagonally from northwest to southeast. It also shows the urbanization of the Valley. Have you read Mark Zimmerman's article in the Feb 2010 Nepali Times?

I will look in Google Earth and research the locations he mentions in his article about riding the ropeway (and the letters from readers after the article) and I will send you a private message if I can find any of those towers in Google Earth. Thank you again. Max

MaxFarrar on March 17, 2013

Here is another article discussing the reasons why the 1964-1991 ropeway from Hetauda to Kathmandu failed:

I am guessing now that when I took the picture of the ropeway tower in 1990 it was still in operation, although not running that day.

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