Friday Jul 24, 2020
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will introduce a cable car project in the Upper Dir district’s Kumrat valley which it intends to be the world's largest and highest one.
The decision came during a session of the Tourism Department chaired by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Thursday.
The meeting granted permission for a detailed feasibility study and engineering design. The 14-km long project will connect the Kumrat valley to Lower Chitral’s Madaklasht valley.
The planners said that the proposed cable car would be the longest and highest cable car in the world and it would attract eight million local and foreign tourists to the province.
In the meeting, they said that the project would create employment opportunities for locals particularly and boost economic activity in the province.
The session was told about the major features of the cable car project and that the estimated cost would be around Rs32 billion.
Apart from the main attraction of the cable car, facilities will include a car parking space, a restaurant, and other allied facilities.
The meeting was also briefed that the feasibility study of the project would be completed in five to six months.
According to documents with Geo News, the cable car will likely charge Rs500 per person and the parking area will have a capacity to accommodate around 500 vehicles at a time.
The cable car will move at a speed of 6km/sec, said the documents, elaborating that each car cubicle will have a capacity of 10 tourists per round.
The ambitious project’s plan mentioned that it will let around 30,000 tourists travel in the cable cars daily, with a single trip facilitating 250 tourists on a 38-minute long round.
The project will receive power supply from a hydrogenation plant, said the documents.
Originally published in The News