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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ELECTRIC/GAS POWERED TUK-TUK FOR MELAKA AS WELL?

23rd. February 2010

Why not we introduce the electric driven or natural gas driven "Tuk-Tuk" ( 3 wheeled mini-trishaws ) for visitors and Malaccans to travel easily around Melaka? Some tuk-tuks of Thailand are designed to incorporate air-conditioning in their cabs and are gas driven or electric driven.

Electric or gas driven tuk-tuks can be brought in at lower costs and implemented easily on existing roads. They should be tried and tested for road worthiness and safety on our Malacca roads. They should be used for short and medium range distance and within the heritage area. Being green, these tuk-tuks are environmentally friendly, minimum noise and do not pollute the heritage area.

We call upon the Melaka Historical City Council to expedite such a study and buy some units of these electric tuk-tuks for trial runs and test their effectiveness.

Let us think out of the box and also learn from our neighbouring country like Bangkok on this matter.

NATURAL GAS POWERED TRAM SYSTEM FOR MELAKA PROPOSED

23rd. February 2010

Melaka State Government want to introduce tram service system starting from Old Ayer Keroh Road (Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama) to the City center for an effort to reduce the traffic jam especially in tourist main area like Banda Hilir.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd. Ali Rustam Said that the tram proposal will be tabled in the State Exco Meeting this week.

If the tram service becomes a reality, it will be not just another Public Transportation but a tourism product because the nature of the service itself.

Of course tram is not the fastest public transportation available if we compare it to buses or taxis. But when we go to Melbourne Australia for example, rather than using the bus, we are very keen to try the Melbourne Metropolitan Tram to enjoy it. Like sitting in an classic locomotive but at the middle of the road with car and motorcycle.


Just a few existing tram systems are available in Asia and Malaysia have none. Other countries with trams are India, Japan and Hong Kong. Hong Kong trams are historical artifacts as the service was started in early of 20th century.


Webmaster: The proposed tram system should compliment the existing transporting systems currently available. Also, it should be integrated with them as well. Prompt, efficient and clean service is needed while the fares should be fair and reasonable. If possible, the electric tram system should be self propelled with light weight re-chargeable batteries/gas powered so that we do not have to install ugly electric guides to propel these trams. By doing so, only the railtrack is placed onto the road without the electric cables installed above.