Indian Cable Car Fever

Traffic depends too much on roads – this was the conclusion reached by the representatives of Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala. This is why these Indian cities are going to consider various other mobility concepts.

The Indian cities of Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala can be found in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesch. Like many other urban areas, they are struggling due to overcrowded roads. This mountainous region is an important stop for high-altitude tourists because it is located on the way to the Himalayas and only 20 kilometers away from the nearest airport.

The government is trying to tackle the traffic, both to make the three cities more attractive for visitors and to relieve the roads. This is why it is currently reviewing a number of proposed solutions, such as the construction of a cableway or an MRT (Mass Rapid Transportation Systems).


Among these, acableway based on the European model has attracted great attention as an efficient and environment-friendly method of transporting people within a very short time. The consultancy firm WAPCOS Limited has already been commissioned by the government to prepare a feasibility study for Shimla by this November.