Kathmandu City Urban Cable Car Project
Handover of the complete feasibility study for a Kathmandu City Urban Cable Car Project.
Kathmandu, 23 May 2018
On May 23rd, French Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Mr Yves Carmona, submitted a complete feasibility study report of Kathmandu City Urban Cable Car Project that includes financial aspects to the Hon’ble Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Raghubir Mahaseth. This study was financed by the French Government under a technical assistance program and was done by a consortium of engineers and consultants comprising of SYSTRA and MDP.
On this occasion, a French delegation comprising of the Head of South Asia Economic Department at the French Embassy in Delhi, Mr. Jean-Marc Fenet, Counsellor for Sustainable Development, Ms. Fanny Hervé and representatives of the French companies, MDP, SYSTRA and POMA were present.
The objective of the study was to put into perspective the feasibility and relevance of a cable transport system in Kathmandu, as fast to implement, cost effective and sustainable solution to tackle traffic congestion, reduce air pollution and ease mobility of the city. The report has shown how the cable car system could be a relevant part of the public transportation system of Kathmandu and also a tool for urban renovation as well as touristic development. During the preparation of the report, benchmark of urban cable car developed worldwide was also taken into consideration.
The report highlights (amongst others):
- A public cable car transportation network system having four lines
- A pilot line of 7 stations of about 7 kms (Boudhanath --- Bishnumati (Kalimati))
- Different operational and financial models such Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Design Build and Operate (DBO)
- Long term financial sustainability proving the relevance of the project vis à vis the congestion and pollution situation of Kathmandu.
This report, which focuses on the financial aspects, is in addition to the preliminary feasibility study report submitted in 2016 highlighting socio economic aspects.
MDP is a French consulting and engineering firm with three core activities: MDP engineering, tourism experience designing, and developing urban concept with a focus on mobility and transport.
SYSTRA is a world leader transport consultancy and engineering group specializing in rail (passenger and freight), and massive transport systems (MRT, LRT, BRT, cable cars, trams etc). Systra is known worldwide for its expertise in rail engineering, from light & mass transit rail to high speed rail, and in the design of transport infrastructures such as urban cable car. Systra is present in over 80 countries
POMA is an 80 year-old world leader in cable car / ropeway transportation, with subsidiaries on five continents. To date, POMA has built more than 8,000 installations in over 80 countries.