CityNews – The Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization) held a meeting recently on the prospect of building a cable car from the Night Safari up Doi Pui mountain. Adisorn Kamnerdsri, Vice Chiang Mai Governor, acted as president of the conference.
Plans in the past to build cable cars were always frozen…
Attendees discussed the design of the cable car, which is to be 10 km. long, joining the Night Safari with Doi Pui – Padum.
An environmental impact study will first be conducted by experts from Kasetsart University and Tesco Co., Ltd. from August 2013 until June 2017.
Adisorn said that tourism must keep developing, but the impact on the environment was of great importance.
This is not the first a cable car has been discussed in Chiang Mai, though plans in the past never came to fruition.
In 2008 Chiang Mai University, Naresuan University and Kasetsart University undertook research to assess the environmental impact of a 1.2 billion baht project of a Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son cable car. The 141 kilometre venture from Mae Taeng District in Chiang Mai to Muang District in Mae Hong Son never happened.
Previously, many other cable car projects were proposed in the northern region, including: the Three Regions Cable Car (Thailand, Laos and Myanmar) in the Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen District in Chiang Rai. The Chiang Mai World Cable Car above the city. The Night Safari park and the Doi Luang Chiang Dao Cable Car.
Some reports from the early 1990s also state that local politicians had plans to build cable cars up Doi Suthep, but nothing ever went further than the discussion stage.
The projects did not go ahead due to lack of comprehensive environmental studies, as well as protests from local people.
The Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Company) was established in February 2013. Under the supervision of the Prime Minister the agency aims to promote tourism in Chiang Mai city and the rest of the province, and to help improve the quality of life of the people in these areas.
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