Monday, November 27, 2006

Looking for ways to paint a better picture of the city

KUALA Lumpur City Hall may have to come up with a better way to encourage owners of buildings facing main roads to repaint their old premises.

Mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan said City Hall’s “help them repaint and bill them later” approach had been futile.

“Only a small number of owners responded (paid back City Hall),” he said at a press conference before chairing a KL Tourism Action Council's advisory board meeting at Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur last Thursday.

He said City Hall would need to look into other ways such as including the charge for the repainting work in the errant building owners’ assessment rates bill.

Ruslin said City Hall had issued letters to building owners instructing them to repaint their properties facing main roads in the city to help create a better impression of the city during Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

He added that City Hall had built six tourist information kiosks or better known as Klik in Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Petaling Street, Central Market, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Brickfields.

“An additional 20 public toilets will be built at tourist spots and these facilities include several automatic toilets that have been built in the Bukit Bintang area but have yet to be opened to the public.

“Special maps and directional signs are being put up in areas frequented by tourists,” he said, adding that 5,000 litter bins would also be rolled out soon.

News Source : STAR
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