Skudai village makes way for development project

Squatter houses of Kampung Laut Batu 10 in Skudai are being demolished for the waterfront development project along Sungai Skudai. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

PLANS are in the pipeline to transform Kampung Laut Batu 10 in Skudai, Johor, into a waterfront development project.

Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) president Datuk Mohd Haffiz Ahmad said the project would be implemented under Rancangan Kawasan Khas (RKK or Special Area Programme) Sungai Skudai.

He said all the houses at the squatter settlement would be demolished by year-end to make way for the development.

“We have already demolished 30 out of 120 houses in the village,” Mohd Haffiz told StarMetro.

He said the squatters whose houses were torn down had been given low-cost flats in Taman Impian Emas about 6km away.

Under RKK Sungai Skudai, stretches of the river where the squatter settlement had been, would be rejuvenated, rehabilitated and developed into a green belt.

“The project is also part of a flood mitigation plan to deepen the river,” said Mohd Haffiz.

He said the project also included landscaping as well as construction of gazebos, benches and an outdoor exercise area.

He highlighted that the riverfront development project would provide nearby residents with an additional recreational space.

“We welcome feedback and suggestions on the project,” he added.

Separately, Mohd Haffiz said MBIP had identified 25 community halls and schools within its jurisdiction, which would be designated as temporary evacuation centres in the event of floods.

He said the council had been holding meetings with relevant authorities on their flood preparations for the monsoon season.

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