State in Sh4bn cable car plan for Likoni channel

The national government has approved plans to develop a cable car system to ease traffic congestion on the Likoni channel.

The project which is estimated to cost Sh4.1 billion will move up to 5,500 passengers in one direction or double that number in both directions in one hour.

The project was approved during on Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

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President Kenyatta Approves Cable Car Project During Cabinet Meeting

Cabinet approved a privately initiated investment proposal to develop a cable car system to address the human traffic challenges across the Likoni channel.

The project which will be sponsored by a Kenyan and Austrian company will be capable of moving 5,500 passengers per direction per hour (or 11,000 passengers per hour in both directions). It is estimated to cost Kshs.4.1 billion and will be implemented as a 25 year Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) PPP.

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Cable car project expansion set to ease travel in Mombasa, Malindi

Movement in Mombasa and its surrounding areas will be eased following plans to extend the Likoni Cable cars project to Moi International Airport, Nyali and Malindi.

Construction of the Sh5.8 billion project moved closer to reality after pre-engineering works were completed last week.

Kenya Ferry Service managing director Bakari Gowa said after the Likoni project Trapos Group, which is handling the work, will look into expansion to other areas.

The areas include Moi International Airport and the Nyali suburb. The cable cars will also be extended to Malindi in Kilifi County, he said.

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Work On Mombasa Cable Car line Set To Begin This Month

Pre- engineering work for the kshs 5.8 billion likoni cable cars express are complete, paving way for the construction. The construction of the multi-billion shilling cable car is set to begin before August according to Kenya Ferry Services MD Bakari Gowa.Mr. Gowa said engineers are awaiting a nod from the cabinet to begin work on the project.

“When we get the green light, the investor will sign a financial agreement with the project handlers” Mr.Gowa told the Nation yesterday.Trapos is the company sponsoring the project. It signed a concession agreement with Kenya Ferry Services in December 2017.According to the agreement, the project will be handled by the Likoni Cable Cars Express Ltd for 25 years.

Mr.Gowa said pre-engineering works involved the survey of the sites where the landing stations and masts would be built.The landing station will be built over the road. The KFS chief said the land dispute, which also contributed to the delay of the project, has been resolved.

“We are in the process of getting a title deed for the land where the two major masts will be built. The masts and the landing stations are the main installations in this project”, Mr. Gowa added. KFS and the Kenya National Highways Authority were involved in a dispute over land on the mainland side of the Likoni channel. The ministry of Transport and infrastructure intervened to end the row. The construction will be done by the C&C Company, he said.

The contractor will be in charge of the infrastructure, which includes two 90-metre masts and two landing stations.C&C will work with the Doppelmayr Group, which will be in charge of the technological part of the project. It is expected to transfer the technology and operate the system with Likoni Cable Express Ltd. The project is being undertaken under the 2012 Public-Private Partnership Act.

According to the government officials, its completion will take two years. It is expected to generate hundreds of jobs, during the construction period and after completion. The iconic project has been lauded by the stakeholders in the hospitality industry who say it will be the critical driver of tourism in the South Coast. The cable express car is expected to be a state-of-the-art gondola system connecting either side of the channel. The cars will work for seven days of the week, crossing the channel in less than three minutes.

Kenya To Set up a Cable Car Transport System

The Kenyan government plans to set up  a  cable car transport system . This is according to Kenya’s leading ferry fisheries director – Bakari Gowa.

Gowa has said that the cars will be started being manufactured next month in Germany.

`It will take about a year  for  the vehicles to be manufactured and delivered to Kenya .They  will be launched in the next year to begin the work of carrying people i across the Likoni ferry, ” says Gowa.

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Sh5.8bn Likoni channel cable car work set to start

Pre-engineering work for the Sh5.8 billion Likoni Cable Cars Express project is set to start next week after a lengthy delay.

The work will involve physical survey of the sites where the landing stations and the mast will be built on the two sides of the Likoni channel.

The landing station will be built over the road and all cable cars will come under the landing station.

“This week, there will be officers on the ground to do the pre-engineering of equipment in readiness for the take-off,” said Trapos Limited communication officer Mutahi Munyi.

Trapos are the sponsors of the project, and they got into a concession agreement with Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) last December.

KFS managing director Bakari Gowa said the officers’ mission will be to survey the land before the actual works start.

“The two major masts will be put on that land. The masts and the landing stations are the major installations in this project and the land where they are to be put must be given a clean bill of health for use,” said Mr Gowa.

Construction of the project is set to begin before August. The project, which was also delayed due to land ownership wrangles between KFS and Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), now awaits the Cabinet nod.

“Since the contractual agreements between all the concerned government agencies have been done, we are only waiting for the Cabinet nod for the project to take off,” said Mr Munyi.

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State unveils system for tracking government projects

Kenyans can now track government projects done in partnership with the private sector from their computers or smartphones. This follows the launch of a disclosure portal that will provide stakeholders with up to date information on all Public Private Partnership Projects. It targets projects that will be done under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

“This disclosure portal allows not only Kenyans, but whole world, to see what the government is doing, through ppps,” said Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary Treasury. “It will ensure Kenyans are aware of which projects are being entered into between the state and the private sector, key financial information, which services will be provided and how projects perform under implementation stages,” he added. The website is a response to the requirements of constitution, the access to information act, 2016 and the public private partnerships act, 2013.

World Bank said the tool will enhance investors’ confidence and helps towards delivering sustainable and inclusive services that promote economic growth in the country. Procuring the asset with integrity and sincerely listening to citizens, users and stakeholders when designing and delivering infrastructure services are critical to the success of PPPs in Kenya,” said Diarietou Gaye, Country Director World Bank.

Kenya Ferry, Trapos sign concession for Sh5.8 billion Likoni cable cars

Kenya Ferry Services on Wednesday signed the initial Sh5.8 billion concession agreement with Trapos Limited for a cable car project.

The agreement signed by Trapos’ representative Eustace Mwarania and KFS managing director Bakari Gowa will be taken to the Cabinet for review before it is approved.
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Likoni cable car services to start in 2020, says KFS boss

 

Commuters using the busy Likoni channel in Mombasa will start enjoying cable car services from 2020.

This is after Trapos Ltd and Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) Wednesday signed the concession agreement of the Sh5.8 billion project at the KFS offices.

The Likoni Cable Cars Express will operate across the Likoni channel.
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