The contractor handling the Calabar monorail project has promised to deliver it on schedule and according to specifications. The Managing Director of Ponet, Mr. Hans Butcher, said work was progressing at predetermined pace. He stated that the challenges of time and poor weather conditions as well as other elements would not affect the timely completion of the project as envisaged. According to Hans, “the monorail, an electric powered passenger shuttle train comprising 10 passenger-cars and two equipment cars (total of 12 cars per train) and a 78 total seating capacity will soon be available at the Summit Hills to carter for the transportation needs of residents and visitors.”
He stressed that coaches and other vital components had been manufactured and ready for shipment from various parts of Europe. He also hinted that “the elevated monorail transport system is uniquely and beautifully designed to suit the eco system of Summit Hills as well as connect it with TINAPA Business and Leisurr Resort without compromising global standards in line with the state’s disposition on tourism development.” On his past, the state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has expressed his excitement as the ongoing construction of the monorail project progresses. The monorail is designed to link the new development area called the Summit Hills where the new Calabar International Convention Centre is sited, to the TINAPA Business and Leisure Resort.
Speaking during an inspection of the project, Imoke said: “My vision to integrate TINAPA Business Resort which is about 12 kilometres away from Calabar via a monorail with the Convention Centre, both of which are separated by an artificial lake is progressively being realised.” According to him, “the monorail will provide a wonderful opportunity for guests at the Tinapa Hotel and Tinapa Knowledge City to utilise conferencing facilities across the lake.” Imoke who expressed satisfaction with the quality of work so far carried out, disclosed that “all the offshore components of the project had been fully paid for and awaiting shipment into the country.”