A 40-year long debate on whether to install a cable car system on Mount Halla has entered a new phase. A task force set up by the Jeju provincial government to conduct a feasibility study and assess the impact of such a system revealed its research results in a press conference. Its analysis showed that the proposed cable car between Yeongsil and the peak of Mount Halla would have a profound negative impact on the ecological environment and damage the landscape of the UNESCO world natural heritage site.
The team further stated that the controversial installation of such a system should not be determined based solely on economic reasons. “Even if a cable car on Mount Halla could be installed legally due to eased restrictions, the controversial issue should be resolved by an open-access policy utilizing discussion and considering the environmental impact, financial feasibility and opinions of Jeju residents as a whole.”
The provincial government said that a final decision would be made after holding a series of public hearings to weigh public opinions and reach consensus on the issue.
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