Myan­mar’s first cable car project de­layed

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - EI EI THU eiei­thu@mm­times.com

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.

A cable car project planned in Mon State is not ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional un­til mid-de­cem­ber. Photo: Sky Asia Com­pany

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