JOHOR BARU: The federal government has allocated RM250mil for three infrastructure projects to help improve connectivity and accessibility within downtown Johor Baru, which is part of the multi-million ringgit Johor Baru City Centre transformation project.
Johor Baru mayor Amran A. Rahim said the allocation includes the construction of the elevated road connecting the Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD) in Johor Baru with Jalan Tebrau and Jalan Tun Razak.
This is followed by the construction of covered and air-conditioned sky bridge linking JB Sentral, Komtar JBCC, Johor Baru City Square and Persada Johor International Convention Centre.
In addition, there will be an upgrade work to beautify five roads – Jalan Gereja, Jalan Trus, Jalan Sulaiman, Jalan Salim and Jalan Tun Sri Lanang for motorists and pedestrians – which lead to downtown Johor Baru.
“Tenders for these projects will open this month and hopefully we could start simultaneously (for the three projects) by the second half of this year,” Amran told reporters after the MoU signing with Coronade Property Sdn Bhd represented by Datin Alinah Ahmad, who signed on behalf of the company’s managing director.
Amran said the allocation was approved by the federal government through the Public-Private Partnership Unit under the Prime Minister’s Department.
He pointed out that the construction works on the elevated road and the sky bridge is expected to be completed within two years while the upgrading of the five roads in downtown Johor Baru slated to finish much earlier.
Amran said the 268m sky bridge, the height of a four-storey building, would offer comfort to pedestrians from rain and shine, adding that the bridge also could become a viewing deck for visitors to enjoy Johor Baru’s skyline.
Johor Corp, the state investment arm, is mandated to be the key enabler and prime mover to transform IIBD as a truly unique business district to drive investments and entrepreneurship within the region.
“The IIBD’s strategic location in downtown Johor Baru is the strong selling point to attract domestic and foreign investors,’’ he said.
Among the main components of the project covering 101.17ha, is Coronation Square, which will include a medical suite, three blocks of serviced apartments, an office tower and a hotel building.
Separately, Amran said Iskandar Regional Development Authority had awarded the landscaping and beautification project for Sungai Segget worth RM40mil and work on the project would start this year.
He said there would be three concept zones in the landscape of Sungai Segget, the historical and heritage zone, cultural and art zone and fun and leisure zone.
The 1.3km long and 25m wide Sungai Segget, which flows along Jalan Wong Ah Fook in downtown Johor Baru, is said to be one of the dirtiest rivers in the country.