President of Rio 2016 visits Complexo do Alemão cable car system
This system will integrate the communities that were recently pacified by state of Rio de Janeiro administration public security plan
On Tuesday 21/12, the president of the Organizing Committee for Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Carlos Arthur Nuzman joined the group of authorities who visited to the cable car system that will integrate the communities of Complexo do Alemão, in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. This area was recently freed from drug traffic control by the exemplary law enforcement and military operation deployed under the leadership of governor Sérgio Cabral, becoming a symbol of the process of pacification that is now in progress throughout the city, which is already the first Rio 2016 Games legacy.
Nuzman accompanied president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; minister of sport Orlando Silva; governor Sérgio Cabral and mayor Eduardo Paes. The group took a symbolic inaugural ride of the new system of transportation that will be ready for use by area dwellers in March 2011. During the visit President Lula stated that cable car system completion proves that Rio and Brazil are capable of staging Rio 2016 Games with full security and organization. "It is important to disseminate these images to make the world aware that we are capable not just of staging the Olympic Games, but also the best Games in history”, he said.
During the visit, the President of Rio 2016 Committee reiterated his full trust in state administration security program. “We are experiencing a very special moment in Rio de Janeiro. Although the region of Vila Cruzeiro and of Complexo do Alemão are not included in the perimeter of Rio 2016 competitions, the excellent results from the security actions deployed by the state administration have just created a highly favorable environment to the development of both the city and of Games organization”, Nuzman commented, concluding: “We can assure that 2016 Olympic Games, and the test events in 2015, will be staged in a full security environment.”
The total cost of the works of the cable car system, which are part of federal administration Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) added up to R$ 125 million. The system, inspired on the Medelin Metro Cable, in Colombia, has 152 gondolas carrying ten passengers each. The system was designed to carry 3,000 passengers per hour and 30,000 per day and features six stations. The average crossing of the whole Alemão area will take 16 minutes.
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