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Taichung cable-car project risks safety

‘EXTREMELY FRAGILE’:A government report states that the land through which the project is proposed is still vulnerable after the effect of previous landslides, groups say

By Hsieh Chiu-feng and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Regarding lightning strikes, Li said that according to Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower, 台電) statistics, Guguan receives about 67 strikes a year, while Taipei’s Maokong (貓空), where a cable-car system has been set up, gets about five times more.

“We have the highest safety standards for Guguan cable cars, with comprehensive plans for rescues,” Liu said, adding that the cars would stop moving when hit by gusts of winds faster than 16m per second.

Saying that cable cars have often been employed by European countries to stimulate tourism, Guguan Communal Development Association honorary chairman Liu Chia-chih (劉家熾) added that the altitudes in Guguan would only make cable cars more attractive.

Additional reporting by Chang Ching-ya, Wu Po-hsuan and Chang Jui-chen

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