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PATNA, May 1, 2015: The closure of ropeway and hot springs at Rajgir and 'Jal Mandir' at Pawapuri after frequent tremors has affected the normal flow of tourists and pilgrims. The country's one of the oldest ropeways yields highest revenue to Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC).

"Nalanda administration closed the ropeway on April 25 afternoon after the earthquake as a safety measure," said Sanjeev Kumar, in charge of the ropeway.

BSTDC MD Mohd Sohail said the ropeway would be operational from Thursday. The chair-lift ropeway was donated by famous Japanese monk Fuji Guruji. Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan was the first to ride it. "We had to return disappointed because we were not informed about its closure," said a traveller.

According to a rough estimate, BSTDC has incurred a huge loss due to its closure. It is the only medium for reaching the top of the 400 metres high hill and the world peace pagoda.

Another famous tourist place, the Jal Mandir at Pawapuri, has been closed for public since Wednesday. Pawapuri Jal Mandir priest Umakant said 2,500-year-old temple in the middle of a pond is spread over 50 acres and could be dangerous for pilgrims in the event of tremor. Source: Times of India