New look for Sungai Segget

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  • Saturday, 07 Sep 2019

Sungai Segget flows along Jalan Wong Ah Fook in downtown Johor Baru. — ZAZALI MUSA/The Star

JOHOR BARU: The landscaping and beautification work on Sungai Segget will start by the end of the year and the project is expected to be completed in 18 months.

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the landscaping work would mark the third phase of the rehabilitation and rejuvenation project of the river.

Some RM240mil has been allocated for this, including a centralised sewerage treatment plant (CSTP). Opening up and cleaning the river was completed in December 2016.

“We will also embark on a second CSTP for residents and businesses in the area upstream from the river under phase four of the project next year,” Ismail said.

He said phase four of the project would involve areas in Upper Sungai Segget such as Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir, Bukit Senyum and Kampung Wadi Hana.

He said there was a need for the second CSTP in Johor Baru in anticipation of development taking place within the city centre, to support sewerage discharge.

Ismail said approval had been given for the second CSTP and Irda hoped the Federal Government would allocate funds under Budget 2020.

“Starting from the end of the year until next year, motorists will be affected by works on the project but we will do our best to minimise disruptions,’’ he said.

He said the authorities would work together to manage traffic and pedestrian flow throughout the implementation based on experience gathered under phases one and two of the project.

The rehabilitation and rejuvenation of Sungai Segget, which flows parallel to Jalan Wong Ah Fook in downtown Johor Baru, is the focal point of the redevelopment project of the city centre.

The 1.4km-long and 23m-wide Sungai Segget, was identified as one of the dirtiest rivers in Malaysia before it was rehabilitated. It was covered up and made a pedestrian stretch in 2005 at a cost of RM6mil.

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