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Malacca plans green city

The state government has announced an ambitious plan to develop a pioneer green city where motorised vehicles would be limited.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam told the state legislative assembly that the new city would be named Hang Tuah Jaya Green City.

He said the state would utilise allocation set aside under the Malacca 2012 Budget to spearhead projects at the new city that would be conceptualised after Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.

“The new township will be touted as an icon of green technology for the state,” he said yesterday.

Mohd Ali said the state would outline technical guidelines which would compel developers to register for Green Building Index certification before completing their projects.

They would also be asked to assign a special lane for electric vehicles, bicycle lanes, pedestrian walkways, besides creating a charging station for electric vehicles and building LED or solar-powered street lamps, he added.

Mohd Ali said the physical development at the new city would also include “green” restaurants, a green technology academy, a nursing college, a state health department administration complex, an Internal Revenue Board academy, a medical college and a Socso rehabilitation centre.

“The city will be a benchmark for the future development of similar cities in Malacca,” he added.

To encourage the people to convert to green technology, Mohd Ali said the state would attempt to construct a building using recycled items and gazette an area within the city to be turned into a vehicle-free zone.

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