City Hall to spruce up KL for VMY 2007
MUCH of City Hall’s budget tabled by mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan on Friday is geared towards sprucing up the nation’s capital in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007.
The budget’s theme, Development – the Foundation of Prosperity, has been chosen for that purpose with emphasis being given to providing public infrastructure, generating urban development and encouraging tourism.
“Kuala Lumpur as the capital will be the main entry point for tourists coming to our country.
“Efforts to promote Kuala Lumpur with the slogan ‘Love Kuala Lumpur’ and its image as a safe, clean, harmonious and prosperous city will beckon tourists from out of town and overseas,” he said.
Existing public facilities will be upgraded. A total of RM6.6mil will be allocated to replace streetlights along Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P. Ramlee with multi-functional lighting poles, each of which can hold three lamps and advertisement boards.
Ruslin said the 400 poles along the streets would be reduced to half but brightness in the area would double.
Another RM7.5mil will be channelled to beautifying and upgrading pedestrian walkways along Jalan Raja Alang and Jalan Raja Muda Musa; RM1mil will be used to build an integrated pedestrian walkway system linking Dataran Merdeka to Chow Kit and Kampung Baru, which cuts through strategic and historical locations such as the Sultan Abdul Samad building, Coliseum Cinema and Masjid India.
The Kuala Lumpur Tourism Action Council will get RM1.5mil to manage various tourism-related activities.
KL information kiosks (KLIK) will be erected at Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Petaling, Central Market, KL Sentral monorail station and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
For the convenience of tourists and locals, City Hall is also allocating RM7mil to set up modern public toilets. Twenty-three of these toilets, in busy areas such as Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Dang Wangi and Jalan Raja Laut, will be completed this year while another seven will be built next year.
A total of RM3mil has also been set aside to install more directional signages.
In general, public transportation and road system will be further improved. This is expected to take up RM564.33mil or 54.16% of the Development Budget.
Source : STAR
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