| October 25, 2020

Baudha to Tahachal in 30 minutes by cable car!

Baudha to Tahachal in 30 minutes by cable car!
Feasibility study on Urban Cable car in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU, June 8: One can go from Baudha to Tahachal in 30 minutes by cable car and at a reasonable fare, according to a feasibility study. The estimated fair one way would be about Rs 40 at current prices and it will take just half the time as by public bus or private vehicle.

Seven cable car stops are proposed along the route and with the cable cars moving at a level 100 to 200 feet above ground, it will be a sightseeing experience with tourism potential. There will be 250 cable cars along the route.
The feasibility study also covers the socio-economic aspects and it is estimated that some 60,000 people will use the cable car every day. It will be an alternative mode of transport in the city, said Shyam Mohan Shrestha, project coordinator and team leader of the study commissioned by the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport. The study was carried out with technical assistance from the government of France.

"It will not only provide time savings of 50 to 60 percent but also be environment friendly," added Shrestha, who is president of Nepal-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This project may require about 2.8 MW of power and will operated some 12 hours every day.

The system can be divided into three phases for its development, according to the study.

The estimated cost of the project is Euro 112 million (approximately Rs 13.55 billion) and the detailed financial viability will be worked out in another report which is likely to be completed by the next six months.

The feasibility study has identified three other routes also -- Lagankhel to Jamal, Tankeshwar to Gangabu Bus Park, Kalanki to Ratnapark-- for cable cars in Kathmandu. More detailed study for these routes is yet to be done. Two french consultants, SYSTRA and MDP, are involved in the study.

French ambassador to Nepal Yves Carmona handed over the feasibility study report to Secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT) Arjun Karki amid a function held at the ministry on Monday.

MoPIT gave permission to the consultants in February last year for carrying out the study.

However, Surya Raj Acharya, an infrastructure policy expert, is not very enthusiastic about the cable car idea. Acharya said it won't provide the required scale for public transport in Kathmandu. "We need a metro rail that can carry thousands of people in a short time and the infrastructure should criss cross Kathmandu through major points such as Budhanilkanth, Satdobato, Bhaktapur and Kalanki," he added.