Malacca’s rich cultural history will soon be accessed through the introduction of natural gas powered trams, chosen for their low environmental impact on the many heritage-listed sites. The state is set to be the first in the region to operate these trams, powered by an inline CNG engine, reports The Star. The project will span 40km and cover 11 of the city’s 14 main tourist attractions. Completion is set for May 2012.
“It is important for Malaysia to go green and that is why this tram project has received full support from both the state and federal governments,” Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said at the ground-breaking ceremony in Ayer Keroh a few days ago. Najib expects the new low-emission tram to attract national and international interest.
The project, which will comply with Unesco’s world heritage site criteria, is reported to be a joint venture between Mrails International Sdn Bhd and Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) of Malacca.