Friday, August 18, 2017

Cable car to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda to start in October

Visitors to Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon State will soon be able to ride Myanmar’s first cable car from Yathetaung to the pagoda, U Myo Wai, a member of the Special Advisory Committee of Sky Asia company told The Myanmar Times.

The cable cars being unloaded at the site. Photo - SuppliedThe cable cars being unloaded at the site. Photo - Supplied

Sky Asia is implementing the cable car project, which is almost 75 percent complete.

“We intend to complete the project by the end of July and we will conduct a test run for about three months to ensure passenger safety. We aim to open the cable car in October at the beginning of the tourist season,” U Myo Wai said.

Technicians from France and South Korea are implementing the project and have ordered 43 cable cars from France, each of which can hold about eight people, he said.

“Initially we intended to run from Kinpun base camp up to the pagoda platform, but the Kyaikhtiyo bus terminal is already there, so we decided to only run from Yathetaung to Kyaikhtiyo pagoda platform,” he said.

They plan to charge K3000 each for Myanmar and US$5 (K6816) for foreigners for the ride, which will take about 10 minutes, he said. “We will adjust the prices to be less than bus fares.”

In terms of the Myanmar Investment Commission, there has been an 80 percent investment by Korea and 20pc by Myanmar. They will rent 13.5 acres with BOT system for 50 years from the Mon State resources, environment and forestry ministry.

“It would be the first cable car in Myanmar, which will make it easy for pilgrims to get to the pagoda,” according Dr. Min Kyi Win, minister of resources, environment and forestry in Mon State.

“They invested US$20 million (K27.3 billion) to build a cable car system that they planned to open last year, but it was delayed for various reasons. But this time, it will certainly open during the tourist season,” U Myo Wai said.