JB boasts new attractions


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Nov 2003

BY MARSHA TAN

JOHOR BARU: The beautification and upgrading work of Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, located in the heart of the city, has been completed while the Pocket Park will be opened to the public by the end of the month. 

The two projects are part of four plans costing RM26mil to make the city a more colourful and attractive destination for locals and tourists. 

The other two projects are the Meldrum Walk, which takes after Bintang Walk in Kuala Lumpur, and Legaran Segget, which includes upgrading work along Sungai Segget, one of the most polluted river in the state. 

State Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Jimmy Low said the first phase of the Meldrum Walk project would be completed soon as there was only one alley left to tar.  

He said the construction of the second phase of the Meldrum Walk had already started and was expected to be completed by January.  

“However, the RM6.6mil upgrading works for Legaran Segget has just started and we expect the project to be completed by August next year.  

 

“We are planning to have it completed and operating before the new Customs and Immigrations Quarantine Complex (CIQ) is completed,” he told newsmen after inspecting the Jalan Tan Hiok Nee project with Datuk Bandar Datuk Wahid Dahlan yesterday.  

 

Low said if Meldrum Walk was completed after the CIQ, it would be overshadowed by the complex and ignored by the public. 

He also said that the four beautification and upgrading projects would collectively be a new tourist attraction within the city, with the CIQ complex as an added attraction.  

 

In addressing complaints that the construction works had caused traffic congestion, Low appealed to the public to be more tolerant as it was part of the Government’s effort to beautify the city. 

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