Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kota Kinabalu to have Malaysia's first green taxi stand

Great initiative by great people for the people! More corporations and private firms need to come forward  and contribute to life-enhancing ideas such as this one.

You can read further in the following article but to summarise it, the first ever green taxi stand in Malaysia - expected to be completed in KK in three months' time, probably in June 2013 - will feature among others:-

  • use of green building materials,
  • powered 100% by solar,
  • energy saving LED lightings, 
  • energy saving ceiling fans,
  • free power socket for phone charging

An artist's impression of the green taxi stand at Kg. Air. D.Express photo

Let's hope that more such stands (taxi and bus stands) would be built in and around the city centre, courtesy of generous firms, individuals and corporations.

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Kota Kinabalu's first green taxi stand in the making
D.Express, Feb 23
A proposal to upgrade and renovate the existing taxi stand at Jalan Pantai in Kampung Air, here, would see the first "green" taxi stand in the country.

The project, designed by local architect Sim Sie Hong of Innotech Design Architects Sdn Bhd, would convert the existing taxi stand into a new taxi stand using renewable and green building materials.

This was disclosed to Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir by Teo Chew Association President, Chua Soon Ping, during a courtesy call in City Hall. Chua said the project is initiated and partly sponsored by the Association  together with several other companies.

Explaining the project as part of their corporate  social responsibility for the city, Chua said the new taxi stand will be 100% powered by solar power, using the latest thin film technology to power up the basic essentials lighting and ceiling fans, with some power socket for phone charging to be used by the taxi operators.

On the design, he said the new seating area will also be specially design to prevent people to sleep on it, and will have an extended roof cover to prevent taxi passengers getting wet during rainy days.

Other features will also include new LED lighting to lit the area at night and ceiling fans to keep the taxi stand cool and ventilated during hot sunny days.

According to Chua, the project would take three months to complete and once in place it would serve as a prototype of a small green building in the city, which is energy saving.

Abidin thanked the Association and the sponsors for their contribution and regarded their effort as very good example of 'smart partnership' between the Association and the corporate sector, to assist Kota Kinabalu City Hall to make the City a more liveable place.

The Mayor said the City Hall would also conduct study to look into possibility of using the same technology for all the bus stands in the city in the future.

TheGreenMechanics: How about having a fleet of "green taxi" in the city? A far-fetched ambition, or dream?


Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Semoga pembinaan berjalan lancar.

suri said...


pknbar admin sihat ker?

panorama yg baru moga semua org akan mendapat manfaat yang baik darinya.

LifeRamblings said...

sounds cool. i hope the project goes well.

Enniebelle said...

Very good initiative! I'm all for green technology :)

thomas said...

Make we can but i just hope we can maintain it and protect it from being vandalise.