The NGO claims that the route and construction of the cable cars will take place in sensitive locations in the capital. They also question the necessity and efficiency of the project. In their petition to the High Court, Emek Shaveh argue that the project should be shelved as it doesn’t meet the “criteria” of a transportation project, even though it was recently approved by the Government Housing Committee.
The stated purpose of the cable car initiative is to facilitate arrival to the Western Wall and the Old City, which is currently suffering from accessibility issues and transportation problems. The plan involves 73 cars with the capability of transporting up to 3,000 people an hour, on a 1.4 kilometer aerial route.