Mumbai apart from being the financial capital of India is also home to many tourist attractions in and around the city. One such is the Elephanta island where the historic Elephanta Caves were discovered. The UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back between the 5th to 8th century AD is a must visit attraction when in Mumbai.
The island is about 8 kilometers off Mumbai and the only option currently available is the ferry. A visitor must take a ferry from Gateway of India (or Apollo Bandar) that takes about an hour to reach the island. Although taking a ferry ride os an experience in itself but becomes boring after a while. Also if Elephanta caves is to be planned in your Mumbai itinerary, you almost have to give it a day as you cannot do other activities or visit other places in Mumbai as the whole trip including the ferry ride almost consumes your day in the city.
So not only to reduce the travel time, but also to increase the tourist foot fall, the central government has sanctioned a ropeway project between Mumbai and Elephanta island that promises to reduce travel time between the two points to just 15 minutes.
As per a news report published in India Today, the project is scheduled to be complete by 2022. The planned ropeway will be constructed on the Arabian Sea, making it the first-of-its-kind in the country. Further as per the report, the project has been taken up by the Mumbai Port Trust and once finished, 30 cable cars are expected to run on the route.