Building of cable railway continues amid fuss
Despite a court ruling that the Ministry of Environment violated the law by agreeing to the modernization of the aerial-cabin cableway to Kasprowy Wierch, the building continues.
Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw is investigating a complaint filed by ecological organizations which claim the Ministry of Environment ignored their recommendations concerning the modernization of the aerial-cabin cableway leading to Kasprowy Wierch (Zakopane).
According to the ecologists, the new cableway will threaten the unique wildlife of Tatra National Park, which is recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
The park, located in the southern part of Poland, on the border with the Slovak Republic, was established to protect the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountains in Poland. Kasprowy Wierch, one of the most popular ?ski mountains? in Poland, rises 1,987 meters above sea level.
The 71-year-old cableway to Kasprowy Wierch was closed at the beginning of May. It is the oldest in Europe, and has a capacity of 180 passengers per hour. Modernization is expected to double its capacity. The new cableway should be ready by Christmas.
According to the Ministry of Environment, the modernization of the cable railway has become necessary because the cabins are old and dangerous. Modernization is underway, despite the court ruling.
Ecological organizations are not giving up. They plan protests that might even include a blockade.