Kedah will spend RM15mil to upgrade tourist facilities along Sungai Merbok.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pic) said work would begin in April and is expected to be completed by June next year.
“The Semeling Jetty along the river will be upgraded, a mangrove gallery will be set up set up a mangrove gallery and a walkway will be constructed in the mangrove forest along the river to promote tourism,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after a visit to Sungai Merbok after a state executive council meeting in Sungai Petani on Wednesday.
Mahdzir also visited the floating chalets and aquaculture fish farms along the river near Kampung Pengkalan Bukit Kechik, here.
The chalets, built by the Sungai Petani Farmers Association comprised seven two-room floating units.
He said Kedah had earmarked Sungai Merbok and Gunung Jerai as its top eco-tourism destinations.
“Apart from promoting the Bujang Valley, tourists will be able to go boating and fishing in Sungai Merbok.
“Tourists can go snorkelling and diving when they visit the islands of Pulau Sayak, Pulau Bidan, Pulau Telor, Pulau Song Song and Pulau Bunting,” he added.