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Kaohsiung begins soliciting bids for tourism cableway

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Kaohsiung City Government has begun soliciting bids for construction of a cross-harbor tourism cableway system under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model.

Prospective bidders are welcome to file applications with the city government's Urban Development Planning Bureau before Nov. 29, municipal officials said yesterday.

According to the officials, the project will include construction of a 2.6km aerial cross-harbor cableway system that starts from the Shingkuang Pier, crosses the Kaohsiung Harbor and reaches the Chijin Waterfront Park, plus a cross-harbor Blue Highway, as well as boating services on the Ai River (愛河) -- the spine of the city that flows into Kaohsiung Harbor through downtown.

The project will require an estimated outlay of NT$1.4 billion (US$42.42 million), officials said.

Under the BOT formula, private investors will build and operate the cross-harbor tourism cableway system as well as relevant boating services during a specified period of time before transferring the ownership of the facilities to the government.

Once the cableway system is completed, it will integrate the city's mass rapid transit system and light rail system to enhance tourist transit capacity and operational efficiency, officials said.

The officials added that the cableway system is also expected to help develop Kaohsiung into an international tourism harbor city.

If the bid and tender process for the project proceeds smoothly, the officials said, the system should be completed in two years.

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