KUALA LUMPUR: Visitors to the century-old Batu Caves temple will have a choice of not climbing its 272 steps in future – the Government has decided to revive the funicular train service halted some 20 years ago.
Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the Tourism Ministry ordered the Works Department last week to conduct a study on the old cable railway tracks next to the staircase.
The department would carry out a study on the soil condition and determine whether they needed to build new tracks, he said.
The study will take about two to three weeks and the department will then submit a report to the Tourism Ministry.
“The train will be able to take visitors into the Dark Caves and other caves there as well,” he told reporters after attending the Thaipusam celebration at Batu Caves here yesterday.
Samy Vellu said the train revival project was part of the Government’s beautification plan on the caves and temple, which had become a world-renowned tourism destination.
He said the plan included the construction of a multi-storey car park, a KTM train station and new multi-level highways.
“The train station will be a nicer one here as this is a tourist attraction. We will develop the area,” he said, adding that the beautification and development of infrastructure would cost RM10mil.
However, he said the estimated cost did not include the cable train revival project.
Source : STAR
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