|July 07, 2011 20:54 PM|
RM135 Million Sungai Melaka Tourism Project Extended To Melaka Sentral
MELAKA, July 7 (Bernama) -- The second parcel of the Sungai Melaka Beautification Project will be extended up to Melaka Sentral including the popular shopping complexes at Aeon Bandaraya and Tesco, here.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said the project stretching about four kilometres would start at the end of the year and expected to be completed in mid-2013.
He said that overall, five zones would be developed under the project which would have a footpath, bicycle lanes, observation tower and main passenger terminal at the Melaka Sentral and the two shopping complexes.
"This is my ministry's commitment to improve the Sungai Melaka which has a good potential as a tourist attraction," he told reporters after listening to a briefing on the project at Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh, here Thursday.
Earlier, Uggah, who is on a day's visit to Melaka, went on a river cruise with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam from Taman Rempah up to Melaka Sentral.
Sungai Melaka now offers a river cruise service either on a boat that can accommodate between 20 and 30 passengers or a water taxi that can take 16 passengers for a distance of four kilometres from Taman Rempah up to the Quayside at the historic river mouth.
Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said the state government planned to build a floating market in the river after Hang Jebat Bridge as a new tourist attraction.
In another development, Uggah said he would study the request by Mohd Ali to construct a water breaker to prevent coastal erosion at Pantai Kundur, Pantai Puteri, Pantai Tanjung Bidara and Pantai Kemuning.