THE French government, which is conducting a feasibility study on a cable car system in the Philippines, is looking at the Pasig River and Baguio as possible locations, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.
Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade told reporters last week about the potential locations.
“Somewhere (over the) Pasig River, basta ma-address lang yung security ng Palasyo (as long as Malacañang’s security concerns are addressed). That’s one… Yung isang pinag-usapan is Baguio (The other one is in Baguio),” he said.
The 450,000-euro feasibility study started in November by French consulting firms MDP Consulting & Engineering and Systra is scheduled to be completed within the year.
The French government offered to fund and do the cable car study “just to show they are interested,” Mr. Tugade said.
Mr. Tugade noted that once the feasibility study is completed, the DoTr may open the construction of the cable car facility to the private sector. He added the French community is interested in taking part in it as well.
“Pwedeng private yun… Yun ang pinipilit ko sa kanila. Maghanap sila (It could be privatized. I’m telling them to find local partners),” Mr. Tugade said.
Earlier, he said he was considering opening cable car lines in Metro Manila to link malls, but he said mall owners have yet to agree to the plan.
He also brought up the idea of opening cable car routes to link Caticlan, Aklan to Boracay to help boosting tourism in the area. — Denise A. Valdez