Myanmar’s first-ever cable car is expected to be launched at Kyaikhteeyo Pagoda in December, according to officials from the cable car project.
“Tests related to weight and brakes have been completed. Everything is almost completed,” said Saw Shwe Aung, a construction director from the project. He predicted a launch in the second or third week of December.
Sky Asia Company is behind the project, which is estimated to cost about US$20 million (27.3 billion kyats). The operation is being designed with safety in mind, said a company representative.
“There are four power plants connected to the project for uninterrupted power supply for the cable cars. There are also rescue and medical teams in case of any emergency,” said Naung Ye Aung, a safety and maintenance officer for the project.
“Tickets will include travel insurance as we’re working with the International Kanbawza Insurance Company. We also hired two Korean technicians for the project. Maintenance will be carried out on a daily basis,” he added.
A ride will cost 3000 kyats for citizens and US$10 for foreigners. The 955-metre cable is designed for 43 vehicles, each carrying eight people and taking around 8 to 15 minutes to reach the iconic pagoda in Mon State.
The Myanmar Investment Commission gave permission for the project in January 2015 under a 50-year build-operate-transfer system.