Monorail line back on track

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Monorail line back on track

Postby admin » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:12 am

MALACCA: Malacca’s RM15.9mil monorail service is back on track after months of being idle due to a host of technical problems.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam confirmed the service was now back to normal.

He said the state would study whether to extend the rail system based on the response received from tourists.

“We have to gauge whether the service is popular among the tourists before extending the line,” he told The Star yesterday.

Mohd Ali said the state government was also looking into creating a tram service to address traffic congestion in the city.

Launched on Oct 20, 2010, the monorail service came to an abrupt halt due to a host of technical glitches, including problems with its software system.

The China-made monorail line, spanning a 1.6km rail system from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama to Kampung Bunga Raya Pantai along the Malacca River, is part of the state’s aim to tap the potential of the river as a tourist attracti­- on.

A coach with some 20 passengers stalled about 100m from the Hang Jebat station hours after its launch last year.

Operator Menara Taming Sari Sdn Bhd later used a sky lift to rescue the stranded passeng-ers.

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