The Ngong Ping 360 cable car on Lantau will close for six weeks for maintenance from next month, the attraction's managing director, Morris Cheung Siu-wa, says. Mr Cheung said the businesses at the top of the cable car in Ngong Ping Village may have their rents waived for six weeks during the closure from mid August. Without the cable car, which is the main attraction and transport link between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping, the only access to tenants at Ngong Ping Village is by bus. Shop owners and restaurants expect business to dry up. One shop manager welcomed the rent waiver, but wanted to see whether other measures would be offered. It is understood that the maintenance is scheduled from August 17 to the end of September to ensure the cable car is open in time for the October 1 National Day holiday. Ngong Ping 360 is a popular attraction among mainland visitors. To encourage visitors to go to Ngong Ping Village during the service suspension, Mr Cheung is looking at offering specially priced packages bundling bus fares and admission to some village attractions. He is also considering rewarding customers who spend a certain amount at the village with a free one-way journey on the MTR from Tung Chung. The maintenance involves realigning cables along the system. Over time, the cables, which measure 7cm in diameter, shift from their original positions. Mr Cheung said the cables covering the 3.6 kilometres between the towers at Airport Island and Nei Lak Shan required realignment. The exercise, which would involve cable car system specialists from Europe, would cost more than HK$1 million, he said. Meanwhile in a routine job rotation, MTR Corp deputy operations director Li Yan-tai will replace Mr Cheung on Monday.