Bandel Church (left) and the Imambara along with a representational ropeway.
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Hooghly: Good news for tourists! The 419-year-old Bandel Church and the 157-year-old popular Imambara mosque in Chinsurah in Hooghly are all set to be connected by a ropeway.

The Hooghly Chinsurah Municipality, in collaboration with a private firm, has taken up the 1.5-km ropeway project at an estimated cost of Rs 98-crore. The ropeway will run 52-feet above the ground.

According to the civic body chairman Gouri Kanta Mukherjee, the private firm will fund the entire project. “In return, it will operate the ropeway and give us a share of the revenue. We have secured all the necessary permission from the state government,” he says.

Mukherjee says that once the ropeway is put in place, a tourist visiting Bandel Church will be easily able to go to the Imambara, spend some time there and take the same ropeway to Bandel and vice-versa. “This will surely boost the flow of tourists.”

Engineers from the company recently carried out soil tests and a survey at the proposed site for the ropeway. The constriction is likely to start after the monsoon.

Welcoming the project, Father Francis of Bandel Church says that it will benefit both the Church and the mosque. “Apart from those visiting for religious, there is a host of people who come to see these historic edifices. The ropeway will add to their interest and convenience,” he says.