The Sungai Segget river running through the middle of the Johor Bahru City Centre is going to be revitalised into a 1.2km waterway dubbed as the ‘Gem of Johor Bahru City’.
According to Iskandar Malaysia Regional Development Authority chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, this multi-million Ringgit project was undertaken to rehabilitate and rejuvenate Sungai Segget and is expected to be fully functional by the end of 2017.
This ambitious project to beautify one of the dirtiest rivers in Malaysia was proposed in the year 2013 and was originally scheduled for completion in 2015. At the moment, the completion of the project has been postponed to 2017 and it is expected to become Johor’s new tourist attraction within the next five to seven years.
Landscaping and other works on the river are scheduled to start in the third or fourth quarter of this year. Currently, Phase 1 of the project is going on which includes construction of the centralised sewerage treatment plan.
“The water quality of the river is extremely poor due to the unsewered line which discharges waste directly into the river. This plan will reduce pollution in the river and allow marine life to thrive,” said Ismail.
The Gem of Johor Bahru City is intended to give a facelift to the Johor Bahru City Centre, which is one of the five flagship development zones of Iskandar Malaysia. The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) are in charge of monitoring the project execution to ensure its completion as scheduled.
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