THE Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has allocated RM6 million for its Heritage Trail project in Kuching.
This involves the development of a 570-metre river wall between the mouth of the Bintangor River and part of the Sarawak River located at the city centre.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dato Sri Douglas Uggah Embas said the tender for the river wall project would be out by next month.
“This will be another effort of the government to preserve a clean river around the area and to provide a nice waterfront view,” he is quoted as saying.
The trail would link the Kuching Waterfront from Grand Margherita Hotel to Brooke Dockyard, Sungai Bintangor and Satok.
It would also turn Kampung Masjid into a tourist attraction along the Sarawak River.
Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has said in the past that the project would transform the Brooke Dockyard, which is along the trail, into a maritime museum.
Currently, the dockyard caters mainly for ship repair works for medium-sized vessels.
Imagine the possibilities with the opening up of these areas! In world famous cities such as London and Paris, you can walk along their respective rivers — the Thames and the Seine — to various attractions in those cities.
This is very much part of the charm of the cities, for tourists to be able to take in the beauty of buildings by the river as well as city life as they move at their own pace to the must-see stops along the way.
Having something similar in Kuching would definitely contribute to the soul of the city and benefit not only tourists but us locals as well by giving us a whole new way to appreciate our State’s capital.
It will also open up possibilities for new businesses along the trail such as eateries and cafes, souvenir shops, homestays etc.
City folk will have new places to set up businesses as well as hangout with their families and friends.
It is really great to know that there are concrete plans to transform Kuching City for the better.
The report from Bernama:
RM6-Million For Development Of Heritage Trail Project
KUCHING, Feb 10 (Bernama) — The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is setting aside RM6 million for the development of a 570-metre river wall between the mouth of the Bintangor River and a section of the Sarawak River at the city centre here.
Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah said today the project, dubbed the Heritage Trail, would commence this year and would be another attraction in the city as it would feature several recreational facilities.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting the progress of the “1State 1River” project at the Bintangor River, he said the tender for the river wall project would be out by next month.
“This will be another effort of the government to preserve a clean river around the area and to provide a nice waterfront view,” he said.
On the progress of the Bintangor River project, he said the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) had employed several measures to improve the quality of the river water.