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KOTA KINABALU: The first phase of the 25.3km pedestrian walkway project from Tanjung Aru to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Likas would start this year, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
He said the project costing RM38 million and divided into four phases was one of three tourism projects identified in the implementation of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) programme.
Speaking last night at the official opening of Sembulan River Park in Sadong Jaya which is under the purview of the Kota Kinabalu City Council (DBKK), Musa said another of the tourism projects was the Atkinson Clock Tower beautification project.
Located near Padang Merdeka, here, Atkinson Clock Tower which was completed in 1905 is an important heritage site of the state. The beautification project estimated to cost RM12 million is expected to commence next year.
On the Sembulan River Park project, Musa said it was a three-phase tourism project costing a total of RM45 million under the SDC.
He said with the completion of the riverfront project, the Sembulan area had changed face in tandem with rapid development in the surrounding areas and in keeping with Kota Kinabalu's status as a natural resort city.
Musa said the state government, conscious of the financial burden and major responsibilies of DBKK, had allocated RM19 million for DBKK to carry out development projects and maintenance works compared to RM17 million last year.
He said these included garbage collection, maintenance of landscapes along the main roads and of drains and monsoon drains.
Earlier, Kota Kinabalu mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir said DBKK planned to create a network of better pedestrian walkways in nearby areas, connecting such spots as the State Museum, Islamic Museum, State Mosque, Sacred Heart Church and the railway station which are within 10 minutes' walk from the Sembulan River Park. -- BERNAMA