International players along with major Indian companies including Anil Ambani Group have shown interest in setting up the countrys first Personal Rapid Transit system or Pod transport system for Amritsar.
At a pre-bid meeting held on August 8,Doppelmayr Cable Car of Austria,Skytran of California and Leitner Ropeways of Hong Kong along with Anil Ambani Group evinced interest in the Rs 200-odd crore project,sources said.
The selection of bidder for the project is likely to be completed by October and the project is likely to be commissioned in next 36 months.
Some of the bidders said they will tie up with leading Personal Rapid Transport operators of the world for the project.
PRT system is an innovative mode of urban transit being taken up by the leading cities across the globe. The world class system consists of fully automatic,lightweight,driverless,battery powered vehicles with a Central Control System. The vehicles are laser-guided and runs on dedicated guideway network with offline stations thus making point-to-point non-stop journey a new possibility, said an officer.
The total length of the track will be 8 kms and 300 pods or vehicles would run round-the-clock,enough to ferry over 1 lakh passengers daily.
Amritsar city is the major tourist attraction and is one of the worlds most visited pilgrim site attracting large number of visitors throughout the year. The PRT system will cater to this influx to the city by connecting railway station and bus terminal to the Golden Temple covering 3.3 kms initially. This will considerably reduce the travel time for the visitors, an officer said.
Besides an international aesthetic appeal,it would be low decibel and energy-efficient environment-friendly project for the city. It will also have minimal visual and acoustic impacts on the existing urban fabric, he said.