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Kampala


To get off the ground, the capital of Uganda is looking for investors

One can experience progress and tradition next to each other in the capital of Uganda. In the city’s modern center, high-rise buildings stand side by side with typical red-brick villas surrounded by trees and hills. This blend creates an interesting contrast appreciated by every visitor. Despite that, however, the city of one-and-ahalf million is fighting a continually growing problem. Kampala’s traffic is getting out of hand and its streets are jammed even outside rush hours. This is why the city is trying to collect the equivalent of 175 million euros for a pilot project to tame the traffic situation.

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Cableways are increasingly implemented as a possible tool to relieve traffic and examples such as La Paz or Mexico confirm that this technology really works. Cableway systems are implemented in the hope that they can reduce local traffic chaos because, thanks to their height, they do not interact with any existing form of surface traffic. The route of the planned Kampala installation is projected to lead from the Taxipark situated outside the city center to the city center. There is no doubt that such a project would work not only on paper but also in practice in Kampala. Preparations for meetings with investors, which should hopefully result in generating the necessary financial means, are underway.

Prospect


In Europe, cableways are often used to transport larger groups of people. The cable car operating in the French city of Grenoble is one example. It is a very popular means of transport not only with residents but also with visitors who can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city thanks to the cable cars’ glass surface. Similarly, Kampala hopes that the investment not only relieves the streets but also creates a new tourist attraction enabling visitors to see the unique city from a completely new perspective.

 

The success of this strategy can already be seen in the example of other cities. According to expert estimates, the installation could be implemented within twelve to eighteen months.