By Mary Machocho & Pascal Kwesiga
KAMPALA - The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director, Jennifer Musisi, has said they are not crazy to consider introducing a cable car system as part of measures to decongest the city.
“People are thinking we are mad and they have been criticizing us over cable cars. People think we are mad, we are not crazy,” Musisi said during a during a dialogue with engineers, architects, lawyers, surveyors and real estate developers in Kampala.
A feasibility study to establish the viability of cable cars, the KCCA boss said is under way adding “We are not closing any options,”
Cabinet approved a $175m loan from the World Bank to acquire cable cars for Kampala in May.
The loan will also be used for expanding the narrow city roads and tarmacking close to 70% of all murram roads in the city. However, Parliament has not yet approved the loan request.
Cable car transport is a steel enabled carrier that runs on rails to deliver passengers to their intended destination. It was originally a preserve for mountain transport and skiing but has recently been adopted by cities as a form of transport to reduce city congestion.
Cable cars carry up to 10,000 people per hour, a number that would require over 9000 taxis to carry. Installation of cable cars is estimated at $3million per mile.
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