MELAKA: State River and Beach Development Corporation will improve services of Melaka River Cruise (MRC) and expand the existing route to attract more visitors.
Its CEO Azlan Abidin said the new route would cover a distance of 10km in total from Pengkalan Rama Jetty to Melaka Sentral, beginning November or December this year.
He said the existing route only covered a distance of 4.5km from Pengkalan Rama Jetty to the Melaka River Square.
“The cruise along the new route will take 1 hour and 45 minutes. A water taxi service is also expected to be introduced as an alternative for the public and tourists to avoid traffic congestion in the city.
“This is part of Phase Two of the Melaka River Cleaning and Beautification Project to create more tourist attractions in the state,” he said.
Azlan said the corporation had also introduced a boat navigation training programme with cooperation from several agencies to provide job opportunities to youths living near Melaka river.
“Twenty-eight participants, including seven women, have undergone part-time training for two months and covered five modules relating to boat navigation to qualify them to become a navigator and ferry captain,” he added.