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KK monorail out of question
Published on: Saturday, July 13, 2013
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Kota Kinabalu: City Hall has brushed aside a proposal to build a monorail system in the city as the current population cannot support the implementation of such public transport, here.Instead, Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir has unveiled plans for a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) to be realised in two years' time by building two new bus terminals in Kepayan and Penampang.

"It is not timely for us to provide a monorail system in the city here because the present population cannot sustain the proposed facility.

"The most suitable measure would be to put up a BRT system that could reduce traffic congestion in the city and provide for better flow of traffic.

"Under our planning, there will be three bus terminals - Southern Bus Terminal in Kepayan, existing Northern Bus Terminal in Inanam which will be upgraded and Eastern Bus Terminal in Penampang," he told reporters at a Ramadan Bazaar in Lintasan Deasoka, Friday.

He also distributed 105 goodie bags containing aprons and pamphlets on maintaining cleanliness to the stalls in the area. In conjunction with the Ramadan season this year, CCK Fresh Mart and Tune Hotel sponsored 300 aprons to be given out to Ramadan stall operators in the city.

The corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme is to enhance City Hall's effort in ensuring food hygiene is practiced.

Also present were City Hall senior officers, City Traffic Police head DSP Peter Ak Umbuas, CCK Fresh Mart Area Manager Raja Chandra Lingham and others.

Madingkir was commenting on a request by Luyang assemblyman Dr Hiew King Cheu that the State Government seek special allocation from the Federal Government to put up a monorail system here.

Hiew had said a monorail system would be a good investment in resolving traffic congestion in the long run.

Madingkir said BRT is a project under the City Hall Public Transport Master Plan and the two new bus terminals are expected to be completed in two years' time with a joint venture (JV) partner for the project coming in this September.

"There is a bus terminal at Wawasan Plaza which is currently under construction and expected to be completed by year end as a transit terminal to drop and pick up passengers.

"So, when the three bus terminals are completed and in operation, all mini buses will not be allowed to enter the city as they can station their buses at the three terminals and they can drop and collect the passengers at the Wawasan Plaza terminal.

"Instead only city buses or shuttle buses are allowed to ferry passengers from the three terminals into the city, under the BRT system," he said.

While waiting for the Wawasan Plaza terminal to be completed, he said three mini bus stations have been created to facilitate the public transport which are in front of Marina Court near Promenade Hotel, in front of Wisma Bandaraya and at Shangri-La Hotel in Bandaran Berjaya.

On the Bazaar visit, he said no stall operator in the city has been fined under the Food Act, so far.

Those who commit offences under the Act, he said, can be fined up to RM20,000.

Nonetheless, he said the health enforcement personnel from City Hall, health inspectors from Health Department and Health Ministry will continue to do inspection on 700 stalls here and in the outskirts.


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