All seems set for the inauguration of the multi-billion Naira Calabar Monorail Project.
The project was set up by the Cross River State government as part of efforts to ease movement in the state capital.
The Calabar Monorail will soon be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The 12-car monorail system, when fully operational, will use an Intamin P8 electric powered passenger shuttle train to convey passengers from Tinapa Resort across Lake Tinapa to Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC).
The Monorail has three stations: one at Tinapa resort gate, another at Tinapa Lakeside Hotel and a terminal at the Calabar International Conference Centre.
The monorail will allow access to Studio Tinapa, Tinapa Shopping Centre and Tinapa waterpark as well as provide a quick alternative access to Summit Hills.
The station’s Electrical Engineer, Mr Mba Mba, said the Calabar Monorail project was completed in December last year.
According to him:
“Right now, the Calabar Monorail is ready for use pending inauguration by appropriate authorities.
“We have test-ran the system and confirmed its readiness. Gov. Ben Ayade was here with his team to see for themselves what is on ground.
“Tourists troop here on daily basis to take a ride. But were disappointed at they were turned back.
“We always give the excuse that although services are ready, they can only have their way when it is officially inaugurated.
“School children on excursions, families and other curious residents, who have not seen this kind of train before, have been coming to feed their eyes and seeking to take a ride.’’
Chief Press Secretary to the Cross River State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade, also confirmed that the project was completed.
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He mentioned that the project is awaiting a date from the presidency for its inauguration.
The Monorail has 12 train-cars, ten for passenger rides and two for equipment.
Although not at jet speed, it runs at a cruising speed of about 40 kilometres per hour.
Each car is primed for seven to eight passengers all seated per cabin.
The train’s length, width and height are approximately 38, 1.95 and 2.2 metres, respectively.
When fully operational, the electricity-powered, air-conditioned train will provide a 24-hour service.
Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade recently told journalists in Calabar that President Buhari would be invited to inaugurate the train.
The governor made the announcement while taking a second test ride of the train to ensure the project was ready for inauguration.
He mentioned that the monorail is a step toward boosting the economy and expand employment opportunities in the state.
Gov Ben Ayade said the state government was determined to extend the facility to the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar.