JOHOR BARU: A major rest and recreation (R&R) stop along the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) heading towards Singapore which has been closed for almost two years will be reopened to motorists in January next year.
Johor public works, infrastructure, and transportation committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said the Federal Government had allocated half a million for the repair works to revive the Pandan R&R.
“The contract for repair works has been awarded and we are currently in the process of looking for a tenant. Hopefully we can start operating this place in January.
“We do not want to see any government buildings such as this being abandoned especially with the coming Visit Johor Year 2020,” he told reporters after visiting the site.
Solihan added that the R&R, which opened in August 2014, was shut down after it was handed over to the Johor Public Works Department (JKR) where the agency faced funding issues to keep the place running.
The 5.6ha facility was built to help local entrepreneurs boost their income aside from providing a resting place for weary travellers especially those who are heading to Singapore.
He also said traffic coming into the area is expected to increase once the R&R is reopened.
“Currently, 400 motorists come here to renew their Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) over at the Johor Road Transport Department (JPJ) facility.
“So we hope this will give even better comfort to those who are travelling by having food stalls, surau, toilets, and other amenities,” he said.