Excerpt taken from: SELAT HORIZON MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, BLOG, MELAKA.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
MELAKA, June 25 (Bernama) -- Melaka's Aerorail Transit System project worth RM1.5 billion is expected to start in the first quarter next year, according to its developer Pyramid Express Sdn Bhd.
Its managing director, Lim Sue Beng, said a total of 26 trains with five compartments each will be offered to serve 10 stations while the development will be carried out in two phases."The whole project is expected to be completed in six years," he told reporters at the initial preview of the project at the lobby of the Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) building here Thursday.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam was also present at today's event.The aerorail system in Melaka will be built, operated and managed by Pyramid Express Sdn Bhd with the help of the local agent of Aerobus International from Houston, US.
In the development plan are the construction of structure, stations, the aerorail depot, hotel, serviced apartment and others.Lim said the first phase costing RM500 million will see the construction of the route covering 7.8 km in length, seven stations and a depot while the second phase will cost RM1 billion."The second phase will cover another 7.5 km and the building of three stations and the other facilities," he said.
Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said that among the 10 stations identified were the Tun Ali station (town central), Chempaka station, Sentral station, Peringgit station, College station (close to Kolej Yayasan Melaka), MBMB station, MMU station, MITC station and the last station near Zoo Melaka.
The project plan is on the display to the public until Sept 22. Mohd Ali said the people were invited to give their comments, suggestions and any objections so that Melaka is able to provide an efficient public transportation system for its people and visitors.-- BERNAMA
Previously posted news:
The state government has approved the reclamation of a 72ha site off the Portuguese Settlement for mixed development, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said.
He said a private company, Bumi Tabah Sdn Bhd, which is undertaking the reclamation would create six man-made islands that would have hotels, shopping malls and high-end residential apartments. “Malacca can be called Venice of the East once again after completion of the six islands, expected within five years,” Mohd Ali told reporters after presenting presents to children at Portuguese Settlement.
He said there would be road links from the commercial area of Taman Melaka Raya to Tengkera, adding that the state also planned to construct a coastal highway connecting Melaka Raya, Padang Temu, Pertam and the Air Keroh-Merlimau-Jasin highway.
The Chief Minister gave his assurance that the fishermen along the coast would not be affected by the projects, as a new jetty would be built at Klebang beach soon. "The new jetty would serve as a centre for all fishing boats to land their catches," he said.
Bumi Tabah director Joseph Sta Maria said the project would complement the coastal corridor development planned by the state government. "We are investing RM1 bil for the reclamation which is expected to be completed within 18 months together with the creation of the six islands," he said.
Sta Maria said the project would be marketed in Dubai, Australia, Singapore and China next year