KUALA LUMPUR – Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has expressed disappointment over certain issues which are causing a slight delay in the River of Life (RoL) project.
He said the project was supposed to enter the 17 per cent completion phase at this time but it was still three per cent behind schedule, due to those unsettled issues.
“We’re facing problems in certain areas such as land evacuation, land status and the squatters. When we try to move them (the squatters), the opposition would come and tell them something else.
“We want to do good things for them, like when we wanted to start with the Langat 2 project, but they don’t give full cooperation causing the delay. We care about the people, we’re not talking politics here,” he said.
Tengku Adnan told reporters this after visiting the RoL project covering areas in the vicinity of Lebuh Pasar Besar, Masjid Jamek and Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Also present was Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.
Tengku Adnan also noted that among the problematic areas were Kampung Puah, Kampung Chubadak and Jalan Ipoh here.
The minister said the RoL project would benefit the people in terms of a better quality of life and enhancing economic activities along the river bank, once the project was completed in 2020.
RoL is an Entry Point Project under the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley which aims to revitalise the Klang and Gombak rivers within the city, transforming them into thriving waterfront areas with economics and commercial value via river cleaning, river beautification and land development.
The river beautification works revolves around a 10.7km tract.
Tengku Adnan also appealed to the public to play their part by not treating rivers as dump site, as the ministry was aiming for ‘class 2’ grade for river water, which means the water could be touched but not suitable to drink. – BERNAMA