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Construction deal for Sh5.5 bn cable car project to be inked soon

A cable car system in east London. The construction will take 18 months. AFP PHOTO | BEN STANSALL
A cable car system in east London. The construction project will take 18 months. AFP PHOTO | BEN STANSALL 

Plans are at an advanced stage to begin construction of cable cars at the Likoni channel, Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.

The CS said the ministry would soon ink deals with contractors as it eyes a project groundbreaking date between late October and early November this year.

“We are at very advanced stage of the project and we hope to launch it in three months’ time,” he told journalists at the Mombasa port Thursday after a meeting with the team concerned with the transportation of maize to millers across the country.

Once complete, the government hopes the Sh5.5 billion project will be an express link that eases congestion along the busy sea channel.

The construction will take 18 months.

Ferry

Meanwhile, Mr Macharia says the first of two new ferries built in Turkey is expected to arrive at the Mombasa port today at 5 pm.

He also indicated that the second ferry would arrive in November despite a Mombasa High court ruling this week stopping the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) from continuing to build the second vessel.

“We are aiming at an integrated transport system. This will ensure that all operations are seamless,” he said.

The cost of constructing the two ferries is Sh2 billion.

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