KOTA BARU: A solid waste disposal site at Teluk Kitang, near the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa, will be relocated and in its place will emerge a multi-million-ringgit resort city.
Developed jointly by the Kota Baru Municipal Council and property company Sri Sabak Development Sdn Bhd, the planned Airport Resort City will be built in four phases over the next 10 years.
The 160ha project will contain, among others, 1,000 units of various categories of homes, 400 units of shop houses, a school, a hotel and a water theme park adjacent to the state airport.
Unveiling the project here yesterday, council president Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman said the waste disposal site would be relocated next year.
The construction of the RM500mil resort township will begin in January 2008 after the land acquisition process is completed.
It will be the first resort-living project in Kelantan and will reflect the growing disposal income of its people, he told reporters after signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the project with Sri Sabak Development.
“We have identified several landowners and acquisition will take place over most of next year.
“The land price will be determined by the Federal land valuation department and will be paid directly to the owners,” he said, adding that the acquisition cost would be about RM20mil.
Abdul Aziz said the project would emulate the concept of Sunway Lagoon, near Kuala Lumpur, to draw cash-rich residents, investors and tourists.
He added that it would become a catalyst for growth in Pengkalan Chepa, a suburban locality which is about 30 minutes drive from the state capital.
Abdul Aziz said the developer had agreed to build a 1.5km wave-breaker along the project site near Pantai Sabak to guard against beach erosion and some segments of land reclamation.
On the current rubbish disposal site, which receives 300 metric tonnes of waste daily, he said it would be relocated to a bigger centralised area to serve the districts of Kota Baru, Ketereh and Bachok.
“Residents in Teluk Kitang will no longer have to bear with the foul stench once the site is relocated. The new site will use technology from Canada to ensure it does not emit any undesirable stench,” he added.
Sri Sabak chairman Datuk Yeo Wang Seng said they were excited to be involved in the project, which would transform the face of Pengkalan Chepa into a resort city.
Source : STAR
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