Going green in the city

A stretch along the Pasir Gudang Highway covered with fresh plants.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) spent RM11.3mil to beautify and spruce up the city through nine major landscaping projects this year.

MBJB Mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud said besides planting at least 10 kinds of plants, the contractors for the projects were required to carry out maintenance works for at least one year from the date of completion.

“During this period they have to care for the plants and if necessary, replace them.

“The contractors are also responsible for the project sites, ” said Adib.

He said the landscaping projects were located along Jalan Selatan Utama, Lebuhraya Permas Jaya, Jalan Persiaran Tanjung, Kg Datuk Onn Larkin, Taman Daya, Jalan Bukit Mutiara, Jalan Kempas Baru, Sport City Taman Mount Austin and Jalan Firma 2.

“The projects were carried out as part of our beautification plans in conjunction with Malaysia Games (Sukma) that we will host, ” he said, adding that many of the areas involved were near sports venues in Johor Baru.

Adib said all the projects were completed in September, after nine months.

Sukma, originally scheduled to be held from July 11 to 19, has been postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the plants included species such as Lagerstroemia red, Hopea odorata, Livistonia chianensis, Eugenia oleina, Garcinia subellptica, Ruelia tuberose, Pseuderanthemum Jessica red, Evertamia, Ficus gold, Carmona retusa and Loropetalum chinense.

“These plants were chosen because they are easy to maintain and suitable for the environment, ” he said.

Adib said after the defect liability period ended, MBJB or a maintenance contractor would be appointed to care for the plants.

He said besides near sports venues, landscaping was also carried out along stretches of the Pasir Gudang Highway.

“We have carried out landscaping at six locations.”

He said the interchanges involved were Jalan Firma, Taman Daya, Tebrau, Plentong, Seri Alam and Taman Rinting.

A resident from Seri Alam, Tan Kim Hock, commended MBJB for carrying out the landscaping works along Pasir Gudang Highway.

“However, while it is nice to see beautiful plants along this busy highway, MBJB must ensure they are properly cared for.

“It will be a shame to see them wilt and die due to poor maintenance, ” he said, adding that more trees should be planted in the city.

Another resident, R. Selvakumar from Permas Jaya, shared Tan’s fears on maintenance.

“While it is nice to see these plants beautifying the area, maintenance such as pruning and adding fertiliser periodically is also important to ensure they grow well.

“Clear the dried leaves promptly so that they do not dirty the roads, ” he said, hoping that the public would appreciate the efforts undertaken by MBJB and do not litter at the landscaping sites.

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