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Sri Lanka Tourism facilitates Cable Car Project

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Investor Relations Unit (IRU) of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) facilitated Sri Lanka’s first ‘The Cable Car Project’, an initiative by the Outdoor Engineering Lanka PVT Ltd.

The project will give the island its first cable car experience and will span a distance of nearly 4 Kilometers connecting Nanu Oya with Nuwara Eliya town. This new way of locomotion will reduce the direct impact of tourism on nature, while still allowing visitors to observe, interact and enjoy the surroundings with a minimal environmental impact.

The project with an investment value that currently stands at EURO 55 Million (USD 62.15 Mn) will be implemented as a “build, own, operate and transfer” model and thus, this agreement allows the total capital investment to be transferred to the Government of Sri Lanka after a period of 30 years. The project is scheduled to be completed within just 18 months from the date of receiving all approvals.

Outdoor Engineers AG of Switzerland and its local representative, Outdoor Engineering Lanka Pvt Ltd are exponents of the project. Outdoor Engineers AG brings over 30 years of experience in the ropeway industry and has been involved in over 30 cable car installations all over the globe, including the famous Sentosa Cable Car in Singapore.

The cable car equipment will be supplied and installed by partner organization of Outdoor Engineers AG, Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH of Austria, who is the current world leader in cable car manufacturing and installations, having constructed over 15,100 installations in 96 countries.

The Ropeway system used on the project, has a long history of use in the mountainous regions of Europe and has more recently found wide acceptance around the world.

The Chairperson of Sri Lanka Tourism, Kimarli Fernando said: “It gives everyone at Sri Lanka Tourism immense pride to be involved in this project, which is indicative of the progressive attitude we have adopted towards the future of the island and its tourism sector. The IRU division of the SLTDA together with the respective line agencies enabled a high level of competency and efficiency in keeping with international construction, safety, environmental, and quality standards.”

It was shown that the implementation of the project would reduce harmful greenhouse emissions by approximately 180 metric tons per year. As a BOOT project (Build, Own, Operate, Transfer) the operation will create new industries, opportunities, and jobs in the region.

Working closely with Sri Lanka Tourism the UDA signed an MoU with Outdoor Engineering Lanka Pvt. Ltd to allocate land for this project on a 30-year lease period and did an excellent job clearing the necessary land. A collective effort of vital government agencies such as the CEA and Forest Department along with nearly 20 other line agencies were also indispensable to the project’s success.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 – 01:00

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