Monday, February 14, 2011

Sarawak: Kuching may get a Hong Kong-like transport system

KUCHING: The city's future public transport system could be similar to Hong Kong's where land, water transport and development of small businesses like convenience stores, are an integral part of an integrated plan.

State Urban Development Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, in disclosing this yesterday, said he has an ally in the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) with whom he shared his views on the matter.

He hoped a lab could convene in the next two months to draw up the plan to improve Kuching city's public transport system.

All stakeholders in the city's public transport system, including SPAD, Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), as well as bus and taxi operators would be in the lab.

"The lab is important. SPAD would like to see our blueprint first before disbursing the RM200 million I had requested to improve this city of 600,000 its public transport problems," he said after inspecting the site for a project that would turn Kampung Semariang Batu in Petra Jaya into a tourism destination.

Abang Johari said city folk in the meantime would have to make do with the existing public transport as "there is no short-term solution to the problem".

The project in Kampung Semariang Batu is the construction of a concrete jetty at Batang Salak that would give tourists a new point to get to the popular Bako national park or watch fireflies.

A food court, expected to feature the best of the village's traditional cuisine, would also be built.

The RM1.7 million project is expected to be completed in 12 months.

*Taken from NST Online

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