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June 27, 2018

Sh5.8bn Likoni channel cable car work set to start

Pre-engineering work for the Sh5.8 billion Likoni Cable Cars Express project is set to start next week after a lengthy delay.

The work will involve physical survey of the sites where the landing stations and the mast will be built on the two sides of the Likoni channel.

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

“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.

Trapos are the sponsors of the project, and they got into a concession agreement with Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) last December.

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,” said Mr Gowa.

Construction of the project is set to begin before August. The project, which was also delayed due to land ownership wrangles between KFS and Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), 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.

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The Likoni Cable Express will be a state-of-the-art multi-gondola cable car system connecting either side of the Likoni channel crossing. This innovative passenger transport solution will operate seven days a week with a journey time of under 3 minutes.