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Cable Cars for Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park

Cable cars will be set up at Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park in Kani township and Zalone Mountain, located in Banmauk township, to boost Sagaing Region’s tourism industry, according to the regional tourism development committee.

The Regional government and Jewel Golden Elephant Construction Company Ltd. reached an agreement and preliminary assessments of environmental impacts will be carried out in areas where the project will potentially be implemented, the committee’s member U Than Htay told The Myanmar Times on January 8.

“The government invited the company to come invest here. First of all, we will measure environmental impacts in places where the project will take place. We will do it first in Alaungdaw Kathapa and then in Zalone Mountain. Once detailed measurements are finished, we will know how the project will develop with how much investment,” said U Than Htay.

Jewel Golden Elephant Construction Company Ltd. initiated the first-ever cable cars project at Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Mon State’s Kyaikto township for US$20 million in 2015. The cable cars started running early this year.

“It is the only company in Myanmar which has experience in constructing cable cars and it has also cooperated with cable manufacturers in France. That is why we invited them. This project aims to promote the tourism industry and help visitors save time and enjoy the scenery while climbing up the mountain,” said U Than Htay.

Prior to the implementation of the project, surveys on the amount of land required, preliminary assessments of environmental impacts, programs for the re-conservation of the environment, job opportunities for residents and conservation of the natural scenery will be first carried out as long-term plans.

“I think they may face difficulty concerning the land issue. They may need to cut trees. Those who visit Alaungdaw Kathapa climb up the mountain by foot or elephant, after parking their cars in the lodging area inside the national park. It costs about K12,000 per person to ride an elephant. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the top of the mountain,” said Kani resident U Khin Maung Lin.

Visitor arrivals top in March in Alaungdaw Kathapa and the majority of visitors are locals devoted to Buddhism. Zalone Mountain, which is 3000 ft (915 metres) tall is surrounded by teak forests and mostly attracts  local tourists.

 

Source: The Myanmar Times

 

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