Funding Agency: France/Ministry of Finances (FASEP)
Date: Feb 2015 – Nov 2015
The Nepalese Government has confirmed its interest in a cable transport system and deems it suitable for the situation in Kathmandu: lack of space for segregated lane public transport, high population density, anarchic town planning, non-existent traffic regulations, etc.
Compared to other traditional modes of transport (metro, tramway, BRT), cable transport requires little investment in infrastructure and provides an efficient service (frequency of less than a minute, capacity of up to 4000 passengers per hour per direction (tricable), an appealing journey time because of straight trajectories, etc.).
With a population of nearly 1 million people in the town centre and more than 2.5 million in the metropolis, Kathmandu now faces the challenges of large developing cities: strong population growth caused by rural exodus, an exploding demand for transport means and congestion and gridlock that generate pollution levels well beyond the critical thresholds.
In the years to come, increasing population and increasing wealth will lead to even more demand for transport means, which requires action today to develop a structured public transport network.
Organizing a cable transport network may be a structural response to these transport issues. The Nepalese Government is of this belief after rejecting the conclusion of a study carried out in 2012 by the Korean consortium KMRTC advocating implementation of a metro, judging it to be too expensive and too long to build with regard to the primary needs of the capital. The Asian Development Bank shares this opinion.
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