Press release on the submission of a feasibility study report of Kathmandu City Urban Cable Car Project to the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport
Kathmandu, 06 June 2016
Kathmandu – On 06 June 2016, French Ambassador to Nepal, HE Mr Yves Carmona, submitted a feasibility study report of Kathmandu City Urban Cable Car Project to the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport. 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.
This objective of the study was to put into perspective the feasibility and relevance of a transport by cable system in Kathmandu for a quick solution that is operational, runs with green energy, accessible and effective to the problems of the city compared to other modes of transportation system such as under metro or monorails.
The study identified a complete cable car transportation network system having four lines: Lagankhel < – – > Jamal, Tankeshore < – – > Gangabu Bus Park, Kalanki < – – > Ratnapark, and Boudhanath < – – > Bishnumati.
As a pilot line, the consortium made a deeper study of Boudanath < – – > Bishnumati line in terms of technology and economic impacts as well as its impact in urban and social landscape. They found that the urban cable car system would result in 50% - 60% of time savings, and a reduction of 30-40% in road traffic disturbances i.e. road safety, noise, air pollution, climate change.
Some Nepalese entrepreneurs and French investors have shown interest in developing this ambitious project on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
About MDP: 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.
About Systra: Systra 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
For more information:
Mr Shyam Mohan Shrestha, President of France Nepal Chamber of Commerce, 98510 333 60
Deepesh K. Bidari, Chargé de Mission, French Embassy, 9841 679 807
Please find below an extract (PDF) of the feasibility study.
Please find below a speech given by Ambassador Carmona at a reception at the Residence of France after the handover of the report earlier during the day.
Handover of the feasibility report by Ambassador Carmona to Secretary Mr Arjun Karki (in blue coat):
Reception at the Residence of France: