KUALA LUMPUR – The KL River City project is not only the latest icon in the federal capital but it will also witness efforts to rehabilitate and transform Sungai Gombak as a world class recreational area that can become a tourist attraction.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the project would focus on riverfront development along the 2.2-km long Sungai Gombak besides giving a new breath to several areas in northern Kuala Lumpur.
He said the project, handled by Ekovest Berhad and comprising Sentul, Titiwangsa and Pekeliling, is poised to generate economic opportunities along the riverfront in these areas.
“The project is made up of two components, namely the first one to build the Gombak River Enhancement and Tunneling (GREAT) system aimed at addressing the issue of flash floods in areas around Sungai Gombak and restoring the river water quality,” he said at the project launch here today.
He said the second component involves river beautification and integrated development that covers property and commercial development in the vicinity of the riverfront.
He said this project supported the main thrust in the policy of the country’s tourism sector when the Sungai Gombak is expected to be revolutionised into a new riverine attraction for that industry.
“KL River City is also seen as meeting the essential requirement to boost the standing of Kuala Lumpur to be on par with big cities such as Melbourne, Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and others,” he said.
Meanwhile Ekovest Berhad managing director Datuk Seri Lim Keng Cheng said the project is expected to be completed within eight to 10 years and construction works of the ‘GREAT’ system, which is the project’s first component, would start next week.
Lim, however, declined to disclose the cost of the overall project and the estimated gross development value that could be obtained on the 130-hectare area exceeded RM6 billion. – BERNAMA