|An artist's impression of the green taxi stand at Kg. Air. Photo: Daily Express|
The first "green" taxi stand in Malaysia would be built in Kota Kinabalu soon. The proposal to upgrade and renovate the existing taxi stand at Jalan Pantai in Kampung Air was disclosed to Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir by Kota Kinabalu Teo Chew Association (KKTCA) President, Sr. Chua Soon Ping. The project is the brainchild of a local architect, Ar. Sim Sie Hong of Innotech Design Architects Sdn Bhd, who proposed to rebuild the existing taxi stand using "renewable and green" building materials. Chua said the project is initiated and partly sponsored by the KKTCA together with several other companies as part of their corporate social responsibility for the city. The project is expected to be completed in three months' time, probably in June 2013.
The first ever "green" taxi stand in Malaysia will feature among others:-
a. use of green building materials,
b. powered 100% by solar,
c. energy saving LED lightings,
d. energy saving ceiling fans,
e. free power socket for phone charging
Hopefully there will be more "green" taxi and bus stands to be built in the city centre whilst more corporations and private firms will come forward and contribute to life-enhancing ideas such as this one.