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County bids to start first cable carway

Tuesday November 11 2014

This photo taken on February 3, 2013 shows a cable car crossing the Yangtze River in Chongqing. Elgeyo Marakwet has announced plans for a Sh1billion cable car in a bid to attract tourists. PHOTO | AFP

This photo taken on February 3, 2013 shows a cable car crossing the Yangtze River in Chongqing. Elgeyo Marakwet has announced plans for a Sh1billion cable car in a bid to attract tourists. PHOTO | AFP  

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Elgeyo Marakwet has announced plans for a Sh1billion cable car in a bid to attract tourists.

The county will take advantage of escarpments in the area to construct the cableways that will see tourists taken from the valleys into the Rimoi National Reserve.

Governor Alex Tolgos Tuesday said this would be a major boost to tourism in the area.

“Countries such as South Africa, which have escarpments, are reaping big from such ventures and we want to take the same route and become the first county to have cable cars in Kenya,” said Mr Tolgos.

Other countries with cable cars are Brazil with her scenic Sugarloaf Mountain and Switzerland’s legendary Grindelwald-Männlichen cableways.
Major boost

MAJOR BOOST

Mr Tolgos said his government would also renovate the iconic Kamariny Stadium in Iten. Refurbishment of the stadium opened by Queen Elizabeth in the 1980s would be a major boost for athletics and local tourism.

“Athletics is a tourist attraction and Iten being the destination for the world’s top runners, we are likely to attract tourists who may want to come and watch them train,” Mr Tolgos said. “A master plan for the revival of the stadium will be ready soon.”

“We will also build a museum that will preserve our rich athletics history that will also serve as tourists attraction. Plans are also underway to erect a monument in honour of athletes who have brought glory to Kenya,” he added.

The county has also completed marking tourist sites and plans.

Besides athletics, the county is also well-known for para-gliding and cycling.