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Cable cars to Blue Mtn Peak

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:13 AM


The magnificent Blue Mountains/John Crow mountains were designated a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site in 1992; a well-deserved recognition by the UN organisation. That recognition was a testament to the vast array of flora/fauna diversity of the region. It would appear as if a small piece of the ‘Garden of Eden’ was carried away during the mighty floods, and somehow settled in Jamaica. I can attest to this line of argument: I’ve been to the Blue Mountain Peak seven times. My last visit was in 1992, just before the UNESCO recognition came about.

I yearn to visit this most precious part of the world again, one day. However, my bones are no longer as agile as they used to be. In that regard, I hereby make a proposal to the Jamaican Government, or any private sector consortium who has the interest and capital, to make a difference.

Construct cable car lines from Catherine’s Peak in St Andrew to Blue Mountain Peak, to take up to four persons at a time, from one end to the other, to explore the beauty and splendour of the magnificent mountain ranges.

This cable car could be quite similar to the ones in the Swiss Alps, and would be especially useful for those persons, locals and tourists alike, who are unable to traverse the steep and rugged terrain of the mountains on foot.

I’m not a dreamer. I’m very well aware of the fact that any such undertaking would require a great deal of capital input, but in the end, I strongly believe that the end would justify the means.

Michael P. Burke