RESIDENTS of Johor Baru can look forward to a cleaner and more organised city as Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) has lined up a series of improvement projects.
Mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud said steps were being taken in this regard as 2021 was supposed to be a year of recovery since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country last year.
With this in mind, MBJB views the element of landscaping as an important part in beautifying the cityscape and restoring the people’s confidence and comfort, he said in his speech during the city council’s full board meeting.
“All 111 main roads under MBJB, involving 249.27km, will be maintained by nine appointed contractors to ensure that they are clean and in good condition.
“The movement control order due to the pandemic has confined city folk to Johor Baru, highlighting the need for every zone under the city council to have properly maintained residential areas.
“As such, we will repair, upgrade and maintain seven public parks and 428 children’s playgrounds in the city, mostly located in residential areas, ” he said.
In line with the state government’s food security agenda, MBJB will also develop at least 24 community farms throughout its 24 zones.
“The council also realises the need to adapt to life and operations under the new norm.
“We are preparing a 10-year landscape master plan, which emphasises on green lung initiatives and efforts to increase greenery in and around the city, ” said Adib Azhari.
He added that the master plan would focus on seven key topics, which included efforts to spread the culture of love for nature, increase the quality of landscaping, develop a functional and sustainable landscaping plan and maintain the natural landscape as a national treasure.
The master plan would also look at developing competent landscaping organisations and human resources, providing landscape laws, regulations and enforcement as well as driving the nation’s landscaping industry, he said.
He added that there were currently efforts to develop and conserve the Anggerik recreational park in Taman Bukit Kempas and Jalan Puyuh public park in Larkin.
The projects, utilising a RM1mil allocation from the Federal Govern-ment, began last November and are expected to be completed in March.
On a separate issue, Adib Azhari said seven out of 15 projects lined up to develop and revitalise Johor Baru city centre had been completed so far.
“The city centre, located within Flagship A of Iskandar Malaysia, is undergoing development to become an economy-generating and liveable city with all the necessary infrastructure.
“At the same time, we look forward to also preserving the local culture and values.”
The completed projects are Ibrahim International Business District cornerstone project, building conservation in Jalan Segget, redevelopment of back lanes near Masjid India and Jalan Dhoby, Coronation Avenue and a design study of Jalan Meldrum.
Adib Azhari said four ongoing projects, namely phase three of the Sungai Segget rejuvenation project, putting up the history behind road names in the city, mural paintings and promotional materials to promote the city centre’s interesting food and places, were expected to be completed this year.
“Another three projects, under the Johor Baru Transformation Programme, are in the pipeline to build a 300m pedestrian link bridge from Persada Annexe to JB Sentral, a flyover interchange in the city and the Johor Baru Rapid Transit System, ” he added.