Kilimangiaro’s cable car

The Environment and Tourism Tanzania Ministers are discussing about the cable car on the peak of Kilimanjaro.

According to the opinion of Hamisi Kigwangalla, Tanzania Tourism Minister, the cable car will be a way to attract more visitors on on the highest mountain in the world.

Environment minister said his department would be responsible for issuing a permit for the cable car after examining its potential risks. They will conduct studies to determine what the environment risks are and what measures can be taken to mitigate them.

About 50,000 people climb the nearly 6,000m mountain every year. The tourism ministry hopes a cable car would attract those unable to climb the fabled peak and boost visitor numbers by 50%. Tourism is a major revenue earner for Tanzania, home not just to the storied mountain but to Serengeti National Park, among other natural wonders.

The cable car project has been fiercely opposed by porters associations, who fear it will destroy their livelihoods by providing another path to the “roof of Africa”.

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