The Sikkim government to build an iconic glass skywalk and a ropeway on the line of the Grand Canyon in the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, approximately at the project cost of Rs 750 crore.
India’s first wildlife skywalk and environment friendly glass bottom cantilever skywalk to Bhalleydhunga peak from the base area – Mahadeo Than, at 10,102 feet will soon come up in South Sikkim. A 22 kilometer rope-way from Maenam sanctuary to the skywalk will include rain shelter and public conveniences as well.
The Standing Committee of the National Board of Wild Life (NBWL) has given its final clearance for the construction to begin, despite strong opposition from wildlife activists.
The sanctuary, about 65 kms south from the capital city of Gangtok, is a popular tourist destination.
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is extended over an area of 35 sq km, covered by thick forests and vast range of fauna. It is also home to animals such as Barking Deer, Red Panda, Civet-Cats, Goral, Serow, Leopard-Cat, Magpies, Black Eagle, Blood Pheasant, Blue necked Pitta etc.