Cable transport project in Madagascar formalized by Council of Ministers

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The government through the Council of Ministers has formalized the cable transport project in Madagascar with which it intends to establish 274 cable car cabins in Antananarivo, the capital city of the East African country.

This project was hinted at by Andry Rajoelina, the president of Madagascar during his end-of-year speech, where he cited the prospects and challenges to be launched for 2021. He said, “This is another way to fight against the traffic jams which have paralyzed the growth of capital. We should and we must reform and modernize transport in Antananarivo.”

Project overview

The cable transport project involves the establishment of two main cable car lines in the Urban Commune of Antananarivo.

The first line dubbed the “red line” will connect Anosy-Ambatobe while the second line dubbed the “yellow line” will connect Anosy-Ambanidia. 274 cable car cabins, with the capacity to accommodate 10 to 12 people each, will run on these lines which will have 8 stations.

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Upon the completion of the project, approximately 28,000 to 38,000 passengers will be able to use this transport system per day. A journey of 2.60 km from Ambanidia to Anosy via the “red line” will consume approximately 10 minutes while a journey of 9.21 km, from Anosy to Ambatobe by the “yellow line” will take about thirty minutes.

The project team

The project will be implemented by Poma, incorporated as Pomagalski S.A., and sometimes referred to as Poma Grou, which is a French company that manufactures cable-driven lift systems, including fixed and detachable chairlifts, gondola lifts, funiculars, aerial tramways, people movers, and surface lifts.

Colas Group, a major French civil engineering firm specializing in road construction and rail track construction through its Colas Rail subsidiary will also be a part of the project team.

The delivery of the cable car system is expected in two years’ time.