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RM37.2m projects to give Kota Belud a facelift this year

Published on: Sunday, January 12, 2014

Kota Belud: People here can expect a more comfortable living with the implementation of several upgrading and new projects costing RM37.2 million around the town area this year.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the developments stand to give the district a facelift, in line with his ministry's function of urban wellbeing.

"An urban area is supposed to have public infrastructure and utility as well as an efficient administration to improve the quality of life of the people in it and surrounding areas," he said.

"Town administration is important to generate higher income so that better quality physical and non-physical facilities, including eradication of urban poverty, can be provided," he said.

Launching the Kota Belud National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS), Freewifi@kotabelud and handing over of the 1Malaysia netbook at Dewan Tun Said Keruak here, Saturday, he said the smart partnership under the NBOS involved 21 projects to be implemented by his ministry and other agencies until 2016.

"From the 21 projects, 11 are to be implemented immediately this year costing a total RM7.47 million," he said, adding they included the upgrading of the town's drainage system at the Kompleks Centenary and Pasar Tani, building pedestrian bridge and reducing traffic congestion as well as upgrading the public toilets at the central market.

It would also involve the upgrading of the Kota Belud landmark, stalls at the tamu ground, lighting of the Kompleks Centenary and providing 200 rubbish bins.

Apart from that, the Freewifi@kotabelud would enable the people to communicate quickly and getting latest information as well as economic opportunities through free wi-fi connection.

Also announced were the Highlight of NBOS, that is the three-storey Bazaar Rakyat on the existing Pasar Tani, and the upgrading of the town field with a total allocation of RM9.8 million.

According to Rahman, the ministry would also be constructing an integrated bus terminal, multi-storey car parks and to rebuild 38 dilapidated houses belonging to the poor under the Urban Poverty Eradication Programme.