Harare City Council (HCC) intends to build cable car networks in the Central Business District in a surprising and novel move aimed at easing congestion and transport woes.
A cable car is described by Wikipedia as a type of cable railway used for mass transit where rail cars are hauled by a continuously moving cable running at a constant speed. Individual cars stop and start by releasing and gripping this cable as required.
The move, very much unlikely, considering the current economic malaise the city authorities are facing, will be undertaken through a venture with Kuva City Air and Doppleimayr GMBH.
According to Council minutes from the 18th of February the Council has given the Town Clerk Engineer Masango permission to “enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Kuva City Air and Doppleimayr GMBH on the proposed car network in the Harare Central Business District”.
The MOU will be valid for a period of three months from the date of approval.
The cable car venture is not exactly new as Kuva sent around a video of the concept in 2018.
So @kuvacash someone sent me this video. I hope you'll push the smart cash. My poor late husband tried the smart money concept with a few other bankers in 1998/99 way before the chip & pin came to the UK and they failed to go beyond the RBZ. #Zimbabwe would've been way well ahead pic.twitter.com/09nDRyTHxr
— Trucila Mutasa (@trucilamutasa) September 18, 2018
The novel move to bring in cable networks into the now shambolic CBD, littered with aged buildings, unregulated vendors and illegal shops is the proposal of two private companies which said cable cars are the trend in cities like Madrid and London.
A representative of Kuva Air said, “the current public transportation system in the city (is) facing various challenges chief among them being congestions” and they are proposing to build a cable car that would “transport commuters from Harare Show Grounds to Simon Muzenda Street (4th) at a proposed nominal fee per trip”.
According to the private company cable cars are cost effective, ecofriendly and a time effective solution to public transport challenges.
Passengers will be expected to pay their fares through a Kuva Cash Mobile Application.
In the proposed deal Harare City Council is expected to provide land, infrastructure and facilitating for approval of all requisite applications.
They are different types of cable cars with variations including aerial lifts such as aerial tramways and gondola lifts, in which the vehicle is suspended in the air from a cable or cable railway, in which the vehicle rests on rails or a road.
As a prelude to an agreement the Council Committee responsible for the deal is expected to take a tour to the areas where the cable cars would be operational.
The tour will be funded by Kuva City Air and Doppleimayr GMBH.