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Gov't to kick start Sh5.8B Likoni cable car project

The company will operate the cable cars for 25 years before transferring it to the Kenya Ferry Services.

Cable cars in use

The government has set the launch of the Sh5.8 billion Likoni Cable Car project for April 2022.

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This follows the allocation of land by the National Land Commission after the unavailability of the land delayed the project for years.

In November, NLC chairman Gershom Otachi ordered the Kenya Ports Authority to utilize the land within 180 days, lest it be reverted to the owners.

"The management body shall within 180 days of publishing of this reservation order cause to be prepared and submit to NLC for approval a plan for the development management and use of the reserved land failure to which the management orders will stand revoked," read the gazette notice in part.

The Likoni Cable Car project is a privately initiated and privately funded private public partnership(PPP) project.

The company will operate the transport facility for 25 years before transferring it to the Kenya Ferry Services.

The cable system will have a total of 22 cabins carrying a maximum of 5,500 passengers per hour across the Likoni Channel in three minutes and 40 seconds.

President Uhuru Kenyatta approved the project in 2018 during a Cabinet meeting but the unavailability of land delayed its start.

The Sh5.8 billion project is one of the legacy infrastructure investments that will mark President Kenyatta’s legacy.

Likoni residents have also benefited from the Sh1.5 billion Liwatoni Floating Bridge and there are plans to construct a Sh82 billion Mombasa Gate Bridge.

The bridge will connect Mombasa Island with the South Coast, replacing a ferry operation, which first began operation in 1937, and the recently opened Liwatoni floating footbridge.

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