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Hanoi Authorities Reject Plan to Build Cable Car Across Red River

Last month, French company POMA proposed building a cable car in the capital, but authorities have rejected the plan, claiming the form of transport is not a priority.

The envisioned 1.2-kilometer-long cable car would have allowed people to cross the Red River, connecting Long Bien Bus Station in Hoan Kiem District with Gia Lam Bus Station in Long Bien District. The developers claim it could have carried 7,000 people across the river every hour.

It would also have been a completely new form of transport in the capital, with planners suggesting it might help ease Hanoi's traffic congestion problems.

As VnExpress reports, however, authorities at Hanoi's Department of Transport claimed the project did not match the city’s urban planning for the next decade. Transportation methods such as cable cars will not be considered until 2030.

The project was the latest in a string of proposals across the country, with cable cars already in place in Sapa, Halong Bay, Da Nang and Phu Quoc.

A cable car in Hoi An was rejected recently, with authorities saying it did not align with the history and tradition of the ancient town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Hanoi has been trying to find ways to deal with its increasing traffic woes for a number of years now, and in early 2017 even went as far as offering US$200,000 to anyone who could suggest a viable plan.

[Photo via VnExpress]

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