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New water transport system to be introduced in state

Wednesday November 17, 2010:


JOHOR BARU: A water transport system will make its debut in Iskandar Malaysia within the next few years to provide an alternative transportation mode for commuters.

Danga Bay Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Lim Kang Hoo said the company would introduce water taxi services from Danga Bay here to Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya and even to Singapore.

He said visitors entering Malaysia via Johor Baru in future would have a choice of either using land transport via the Causeway and the Second Link, or the water taxi services.

New commercial project: Lim (left) and Teras Hijaujaya director Lim Chen Herng (right) briefing a potential buyer of Danga Utama @ Skudai project.

He said the new Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQP) and ferry terminal to be built at Puteri Harbour under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) would help to increase the number of visitors to Johor Baru.

“Apart from attracting Singaporeans, ferry services from the nearby Riau Islands in Indonesia can be extended to the CIQP to ferry tourists from the islands to Johor Baru,” he added.

Lim, who is also the CEO of Teras Hijaujaya Sdn Bhd, said this at the launch of the Teras Hijaujaya’s commercial property project, Danga Utama @ Skudai recently.

The project is spread over a 7.3ha site located along Jalan Skudai and Jalan Sutera Danga and flanked by Sungai Skudai, which is one of Johor’s most important rivers that flows into Danga Bay.

Sungai Skudai is one of the rivers to be rehabilitated by the Federal Government as part of the RM330mil budget in the 10MP, under the comprehensive river beautification programme.

Phase One of the Danga Utama project comprises 129 units of three-storey shop offices and six blocks of six-storey corporateoffices.

“We will build a jetty in the phase two of the project to cater for water taxi services from Danga Bay to Danga Utama,” Lim explained.

He added that phase two would have high-end condominium tower blocks and retail outlets overlooking Sungai Skudai and the project would keep the company busy for five years with a gross development value of RM500mil. 

 

-- TheStar Online

 
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