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Pokhara - 21 Jan, 2013

Pokhara cable car project moves a step forward

The government has been planning to build a 1.5-km long cable car service from Phewa Lake to the World Peace Stupa, Pumdi Bhumdi. The project, according to ministry officials, is estimated to cost more than Rs 1.2 billion excluding land acquisition. The ministry on Tuesday requested the JV consortiums to confirm their participation in the project within a week and submit their RFP within three months.
The government has invited requests for proposal (RFPs) to develop and manage a long planned cable car service in Pokhara under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. The Ministry of Physical Planning, Works and Transport Management has short listed three joint venture (JV) consortiums as eligible to submit RFP after studying their expressions of interest (EoIs).

The three finalist groups are Lama Construction, United Builders and Engineers and Shahiba International, Laxmi International, Sujal Foods and French company Pomagalski SAS Exclusivity Co-operation, and Manakamana Darshan Chitwan Co-E and Austrian company Doppelmayr.

 Ministry officials said that the project would take three years depending on the need to carry out an environmental impact assessment or an initial environment examination and land acquisition work.


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