Afyon Castle Cable Car Tender Will Be Held With Passenger Guarantee

Cable car tender to afyon castle will be made with passenger guarantee
Cable car tender to afyon castle will be made with passenger guarantee

A tender will be held for the cable car to be built in Afyonkarahisar Castle. The company that will win the tender will be guaranteed 140 passengers per year. Moreover, it is not known whether the project will damage the historical texture.

At the October council meeting of Afyonkarahisar Municipality, it was decided to establish a passenger-guaranteed cable car system to Afyonkarahisar Castle. CHP and IYI Party council members voted against the project, which guaranteed 140 passengers a year, saying, "We are not against the cable car, we are against the passenger guarantee"; however, the proposal was accepted by a majority of votes.

According to the news of Berkay Sağol from Birgün, 140 thousand 11 people per month and at least 666 people per day should use the cable car, which is guaranteed for 388 passengers annually. It remains unclear whether the construction of a cable car to the castle, which is 226 meters high and has 701 steps, will damage the historical texture.


At the assembly meeting, the construction of daily and commercial facilities in the cable car sub-station area within the scope of the "Afyonkarahisar Castle Landscaping Project" was also accepted. It is stated that the castle, which was used for defense purposes during the Hittite, Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk periods, may be damaged due to the commercial facilities to be built within the scope of the project.

Afyonkarahisar Mayor Mehmet Zeybek said the following about the ropeway project in the assembly: “Approximately 4 companies will bid for the tender. It's a great project. We will give the right of use for 25 years. If there is no bidder, we will do it ourselves with the means of the municipality.”

On the other hand, it was stated at the meeting that the fee for the cable car service would be between 20 and 25 TL.


CHP Afyon Provincial Chairman Yalçın Görgöz said: “As CHP, we say that the cable car should be built for the promotion of Afyon, but that there should be no passenger guarantee. It is said that 140 passengers will be guaranteed annually. I ask the municipality officials: How did you determine the 140 passenger guarantee per year? Who did you consult? If these targets do not meet, how will you explain this loss to the public?”

Görgöz, who wants the council members who approved the project to pay the entire loss if the project is damaged, said, “Give up this passenger-guaranteed cable car service. You set up the cable car, but remove the passenger guaranteed phrase. "The people of Afyon have no money to pay your gangs," he said.


CHP Provincial Chairman Görgöz also reminded the public of the damage caused by the passenger guarantee given for Zafer Airport. The airport in question was put into service in 2012 with the Build-Operate-Transfer model to serve the provinces of Kütahya, Afyon and Uşak. The number of passengers guaranteed to the IC İçtaş İnşaat company, which built the airport, could never be met. For example, 8 passengers used the airport in the first 5 months of this year; however, the guaranteed number of passengers is 725 thousand 878. Therefore, the state will pay 488 million 4 thousand euros to the company.

The 1 million passenger guarantee given to the company last year did not hold either, and only 16 passengers used the airport. A guarantee payment of 645 million 6 thousand euros was made to IC İçtaş İnşaat.

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