Construction Permit for Ucka Cable Car Expected by End of 2022

June the 11th, 2022 - The construction permit for the Ucka cable car should be obtained by the end of this year, and a brand new tourist attraction should provide a boost to the Ucka area.

As Morski writes, the total investment in the Ucka cable car is now estimated at around 35 million euros, representatives of the project's expert team said recently. Members of the team, Mladen Blazevic, Milorad Stanic, Zeljko Kuis and Ingo Kamenar spoke at a recently held press conference about the state and future of the Ucka cable car project, which should be operational in five years at the most and have the longest route among all European cable cars.

As they pointed out, it is likely that by the end of the year, a building permit could be obtained for all elements of the future Ucka cable car - a departure station at the bottom of Camp Medveja, the final station below the top of Vojak, the route and pillars with all of the accompanying access roads, an access road to the departure station and a water supply and drainage.

According to the data, the total investment is now estimated to stand at around 35 million euros, of which the value of access roads is estimated at five million euros, and the construction of a panoramic restaurant within the Ucka cable car peak station is estimated at 1.5 million euros, according to a report from HRT.

More will be known about potential investors after obtaining a building permit. European Union (EU) funds have been mentioned as one of the financing options, with the additional participation of businessmen, local communities and individuals also expected.

The Ucka cable car will be 4696 metres long from the departure to the final station, with a height difference of 1310 metres, and the arrival station will be located at a height of at 1355 metres. It will have five pillars, the maximum driving speed will be 10 metres per second, and the road speed will be seven metres per second. The ride will take eight and a half minutes, and the cabin capacity will be 60 people, ie 310 passengers per hour.

The feasibility study predicts about 320,000 visitors per year, so it is expected that the tourism sector will have an economic interest in this project, especially in the pre- and post-season expansion, and they're as such likely to participate in co-financing the project. The idea of ​​the Ucka cable car was conceived a whole 139 years ago, it was updated in the 1970s, and the current project was launched about 10 years ago.

In more recent years, there have been delays, mostly due to amendments to the project documentation, the preparation of a study of the main assessment of the acceptability of the project for the ecological network and amendments to the cableway route itself.

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