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07 Ogos 2010

Sarawak To Undertake Muara Tebas Pilot Project Under Green Corridor Concept

KUCHING,Aug 4 (Bernama) 

The Sarawak Government will undertake a pilotproject in Muara Tebas near here to develop a new satellite town underthe Green Corridor concept within the 10th Malaysia Plan.

State housing and urban development minister Datuk Amar AbangJohari Tun Openg said the project -- part of the ministry's plan toimprove public transport system and township planning -- would includethe re-settlement of three nearby villages, including Senari andSejingkat.

He said the state government intended to connect various suburbanneighbourhoods in Kuching to the city centre by incorporatingpedestrian malls and bicycle lanes, without jeopardising the normaltraffic flow.

"This is aimed at sustaining its liveable city status," AbangJohari told reporters after the opening of the International PublicTransport Conference on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan officiated the opening of the conference.

Abang Johari said the policy to improve the quality of urbanliving within the next five years would initially be implemented inKuching, with the provision of infrastructure, such as the constructionof pedestrian malls along the artificial lake at Muara Tebas, where thewater level needed to be managed due to peat soil.

The concept had already been expanded to Sibujaya in Sibu on an80-acre of greenery to link the riverine town with pedestrian walkswithin the proposed boulevard being built at a cost of RM10 million, hesaid.

Similar plans were also underway, he said, to connect the Miricity centre from the Miri Marriott Resort, which would also enabletourists to walk and enjoy the sights of a people-friendly seasidecity, he said.

Earlier in his speech, Dr Chan said the impact of transport oncity dwellers was not confined to mobility alone, but also theenvironmental, social and economic aspects, with many negative effectsfalling on those social groups which were least likely to own and drivecars.

Citing the suburban traffic in Kuching district, he said,thousands of vehicles were entering the city daily, from the surburbsand nearby centres of Serian, Kota Samarahan, Bau and Lundu.

During the period from 1970 to 2007, the number of vehicles on theroad in the district had risen from 21,929 vehicles to 539,702.


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