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DOTr sees feasibility study for a local cable-car system ready by end-December.

THE French-funded feasibility study for the development of a cable-car system in the Philippines should be completed within the year, a Cabinet official said in a recent interview.

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said so far, two locations have been initially identified as potential locations of the cable-car system, and they are the stretch of the Pasig River and Baguio City.

'The target is to finalize the feasibility study by the end of this year,' he said. The French government granted pound 450,000 for the development of a feasibility study for the first cable car of the Philippines.

Tugade first floated the idea of a cable-car system as an alternative mode of transportation in 2016, which garnered a lot of criticisms from private individuals. It sounded a laughable idea for many and generated a number of online memes that went viral.

For Tugade, the value proposition of building a cable car lies on the ease of its implementation. Right-of-way acquisition and delivery, he said, will be a 'minor issue.'

'The French are interested in building the cable car,' he said. '[The builder and operator] could be a private company.'

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Jul 8, 2019
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