Myanmar’s first cable car project delayed
Myanmar’s first cable car project in Mon State at Kyaik Htee Yoe pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock, has been postponed to mid-december due to heavy rain and late arrival of imported cables, said an official.
THE first Myanmar cable car project in Mon State at Kyaik Htee Yoe pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock, will be postponed to mid-december due to the weather, a member of the special advisory committee of Sky Asia Company U Myo Wai told The Myanmar Times on November 9.
“We suspended the project due to heavy rain in the mountain and the cables we ordered from France did not arrive on time. That is why we couldn’t inaugurate the cable car in October as expected,” he said.
South Korean investment company Sky Asia, in charge of the project, installed 43 cable cars with a capacity of eight persons each. The project’s cost nearly US$20 million.
“We already started the test-runs from the second week of October, without passengers on board. We will do test-runs with people during November to check the strength of the cable cars before the official opening in December,” U Myo Wai said.
Cable cars will depart from Yathetaung to Kyaik Htee Yoe pagoda platform for a fee of K3,000 per local and US$5 per foreigner. The initial fees will be subject to change once the insurance for passengers is taken into consideration, he added.
“It makes it easier for elders to reach the pagoda. Young people will better appreciate walking up there, I think. I would like to try it, but I still have some concerns about the cars’ safety,” said Ma Zar Zar.
Mon state government has increased entrance fees for tourists at Kyaik Htee Yoe pagoda from K6,000 to K10,000 since October 5. According to pagoda’s trustee, there have been over 200,000 tourists in 2016 and about 2 million local travellers visited Kyaik Htee Yoe pagoda from July 2016 to July 2017.