The Malagasy government has an ambitious plan to build two cable car lines before the 2023 Islands Games. The project, unveiled at the Council of Ministers on February 24, 2021, aims to modernize public transport and decongest the capital Antananarivo.
Madagascar is modernizing its public transport. After the tramway project, the government plans to put two cable car lines into service before 2023, the cost of which has not yet been revealed. This project was announced by the Head of State Andry Rajoelina during his address to the Nation on 31 December 2020. These lines will eventually reduce the traffic jams that paralyze the capital. “We need to reform and modernize transportation in Antananarivo,” he said.
Two main cable car lines will be established in the town of Antananarivo. The first will link Anosy to Ambatobe and the second Anosy to Ambanidia. 274 cableway cableways, with a capacity of 10 to 12 people each, will run on these lines, which will have 8 stations for 28,000 to 38,000 passengers per day. The so-called red line, on a 2.60 km journey from Ambanidia, should take 10 minutes to reach Anosy. The so-called yellow line, on a 9,21 km journey from Anosy, should take about 30 minutes to reach Ambatobe.
The contract was awarded to two French groups: Poma, a world leader in cable transport and Colas, a major construction giant. The two companies have only two years to install the 19 pylons and four stops on the red line connecting Anosy to Ambatobe and the 56 pylons and eight stops on the yellow line connecting Anosy to Ambanidia.
The works will be supervised by the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Public Works and the Urban Commune of Antananarivo.