Tourist monorail in Melaka to resume operations soon

The monorail will begin operations after engineers give it the green light. — filepic

MELAKA: The only tourist monorail in the country that circles Sungai Melaka here will resume operations in a month’s time after lying idle for four years.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the state government was making efforts to revive operations.

“The tourist monorail is a project that we cannot afford to ignore as a lot of money has been spent on it.

“The service will resume once engineers checking on the monorail give us the green light,” he said.

Soon after the RM15.9mil monorail service began on Oct 20, 2010, it stalled about 100m from its main Hang Jebat station with about 20 passengers on board.

A year later, 18 tourists from Hong Kong, their tour leader and guide were also left stranded 300m from the Hang Jebat station.

This led to Land Public Transport Commission’s move to discontinue the service.

The China-made monorail line, spanning 1.6km from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama to Kampung Bunga Raya Pantai along the Melaka River, was part of the state’s aim to draw more tourists.

The project is a joint venture between Melaka Historic City Council, state subsidiary Kumpulan Melaka Bhd and Agibs Engineering and Construction Sdn Bhd.

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