After lengthy delay Kenya is finally starting works on the USD57.6m Likoni cable cars project

Construction of the infrastructure that include two 90 m high masts and two landing stations will be done by C&C company.

  • The works which will involve physical survey of the sites where the landing stations and the mast are set to be built on the two sides of the Likoni channel comes after Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) gave the green light.
  • The landing station will be built over the road and all cable cars will come under the landing station.
  • Construction of the infrastructure that include two 90 m high masts and two landing stations will be done by C&C company.

The works which will involve physical survey of the sites where the landing stations and the mast are set to be built on the two sides of the Likoni channel comes after Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) gave the green light.

“This week, there will be officers on the ground to do the pre-engineering of equipment in readiness for the take-off,” said Trapos Limited communication officer Mutahi Munyi, according to construction review.

The landing station will be built over the road and all cable cars will come under the landing station.

Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) and Trapos, who are the sponsors of the project, got into a concession agreement last December but the multi-million project was hit by a series of delays key among them land ownership wrangles between KFS and Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

KFS managing director Bakari Gowa, said the officers’ mission will be to survey the land before the actual works start.

“The two major masts will be put on that land. The masts and the landing stations are the major installations in this project and the land where they are to be put must be given a clean bill of health for use,” Mr Gowa.

Construction of the project is set to begin before August and the land wrangles now awaits the Cabinet nod.

“Since the contractual agreements between all the concerned government agencies have been done, we are only waiting for the Cabinet nod for the project to take off,” said Mr Munyi.

Construction of the infrastructure that include two 90 m high masts and two landing stations will be done by C&C company.

C&C Construction Company will work hand-in-hand with Doppelmayr Group that will be in charge of the technological part of the project.

Doppelmayr Group is a manufacturer of rope ways, cable cars and ski lifts and will transfer the technology and operate the system with Likoni Cable Express Limited.

The project which is being undertaken under the Public Private Partnership Act of 2012 is expected to ease congestion and traffic along the busy Likoni channel.

The project is expected to take two years to complete and about 500 locals will be employed.

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