Jerusalem: cable car in Old City sparks fresh controversy

After criticism from urban planners, doubts on costs

18 December, 12:10

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, DECEMBER 18 - The project for a cable car connecting west Jerusalem to Mount Zion and Dung Gate, or the southern access to the Old City near the Western Wall, which was approved last month by the government, has sparked a fresh controversy.

    The project, which was conceived to reduce overcrowding and pollution in the Old City, will cost 200 million shekel, or over 50 million euros. But according to a document just published by military radio, there is a risk that this initiative - which was criticized by environmentalists and urban planners - will have higher management costs than those originally planned. As a consequence, according to the document, it could be difficult to find a company willing to build it.

    Meanwhile an ''emergency meeting'' is scheduled tomorrow in Jerusalem, with the participation of various experts, organized by an NGO opposing the project that has proposed alternatives against traffic in the Old City. (ANSAmed)
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