(November 12, 2018 / / JNS) The Old City of Jerusalem may be a great place to visit, but anyone who has tried to get there easily is likely to fail to lose. And that's why there is no really convenient way for most people to reach the area without a lot of walking or spending on a private cabin.
Add in the Middle East Middle East heat or masses, or both, and you look at quite boring experience. This is exactly what the Jerusalem Civic, the Ministry of Tourism and the Jerusalem Development Authority, along with many residents and tourists, are hoping to change. With growing and even more anticipated tourism numbers in the coming years, Jerusalem is not able to handle a large number of tourists and a Old City plan is needed. That plan is to construct a cable car that starts in the complex of the First Station just outside the Old Walls of the City and ends outside the gate closest to the West Wall and Mount Mount.
In November 2018, Israel visited 2016 as a registered tourist number of 3.6 million. In October 2018 it was the best tourism month. According to the Central Office of Israeli Statistics, around 486,000 tourist applications were recorded in October, always a monthly record for incoming tourism. 2018 is on track to hit 4 million tourists.
It is expected that the cable car will span the Hinom Valley, reach Gate Gate and then Dung Gate. Some operators have claimed that the cable car will spoil the ancient city lie and should not go through the Gey Ben Hinom National Park. They also say that the Elad group – the company that runs the archaeological site of Dinas David – will benefit financially from the cable car since the final station was built on its property . At the same time, Arab residents in eastern Jerusalem have complained that they were not consulted in the planning process and argued that the construction would mainly replace residents in the Arabian community of Silwan.
Doron Spielman, vice president of the City of David Foundation rejects these claims. He told JNS that "the planned cable-car project is an initiative of the Borough of Jerusalem and the administrations pluralities of the Israeli government. Dinas Dafydd welcomes all projects that increase access to millions of visitors every year – from all religions and background – which aims to link to the historic significance of ancient Jerusalem, including sites across the Old City and City of David. "
The cable car project has recently been introduced to the National Infrastructure Committee, in turn, to introduce the plan to build the cable car. Once approved by the committee, the scheme will move to the stage where comments and objections are welcome from the area and public committees. The National Infrastructure Committee consists of government representatives, public representatives and representatives of local authorities who discussed the issue.
Tourism Minister, Yariv Levin said, "We have taken another big step towards allowing a car car project in Jerusalem. We are leading and budgeting the project, which will change the face of Jerusalem, allowing easy access and convenient for tourists and visitors to the Western Wall. The cable car will be an outstanding and important tourist attraction. "
According to the tourism ministry, "the cable car has planned to tackle a problem of congestion and accessibility that exists in the south-eastern basin of the Old City, given & The significant increase in tourist traffic to Israel over the last two years, the cable car will be part of the city's public transport system and will make accessible sites of national, international and tourism importance. "
The ministry will claim that the cable car system will have a capacity of 3,000 passengers in all directions during peak hours and will be connected to the planned mass transfer system in Jerusalem. The cable car offers a unique transport solution in an area with topographic restrictions, limited road infrastructure capacity, and historic and archaeological sites. Unlike other methods, this mode of overhead transport does not require significant land, and there is no need to build or expand roads.
It is also a "green project" characterized by the least environmental damage, quiet technology and zero pollution.
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In May, the government approved the bill proposed by Levin to allocate NIS 200 million from the Ministry of Tourism for the construction of the cable car. The project will be implemented by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
According to a press release from the tourism ministry, the car car project "is a significant milestone in promoting Jerusalem and strengthening its status as a world tourism capital, in order to increase significant tourism to the country significantly and strengthen its economy. The cable car, which will also be a unique tourist attraction with views of the above in Jerusalem and unique sites, will also strengthen and develop the city's tourism product …
"The cable car will provide transport and environmental solutions, and will ensure that the Old City is accessible to people with disabilities. On vacation for the three monotheistic religions, there are between tens and hundreds of thousands of people visiting & # 39 Old Town. Today, most of the Old City's vehicles have access to non-residents for vehicles and, therefore, the cable car has defined as a # 39; It's very important for tourism in Jerusalem. "
Ilanit Melchior, director of the Development Agency of Jerusalem, told JNS that "the project is moving on. We are building the cable car."