Modernizing KK City
Jesselton Waterfront Project
UPGRADING OF KK CITY -
Located at the vicinity of Central Business District (CBD) at Karamunsing and Sadong Jaya
Upgrading of approximately 1.6km stretch of Sungai Sembulan which includes existing infrastructure and landscaping
Provision of public amenity, police kiosk, CCTV and DBKK management office
Enablers Required to make it happen
Key outcome / benefit of this project
The real estate value alongside the
Sembulan River has increased by
3 fold in the last 5 years and will
continue to rise by year 2020
Sembulan River Park
First phase of the Sembulan river park is a footpath that runs along half of the 1.6km (one-mile) river in Sadong Jaya to Kampung Sembulan Lama.
The well-lit park with fountains and music filling the air is the first to be
monitored by a police kiosk through 47 close-circuit television cameras round
the clock under a safe city programme of Kota Kinabalu City Hall.
Priority is dedicated towards cleaning and beautifying the Sembulan River and its surrounding areas.
The ongoing Sembulan River park project does not only reflect the governments commitment to deal with environmental issues but will impact positively on the quality of living of the people, especially the residents of the city.
The notoriously polluted Sembulan River had begun to be transformed and now appeared to be much cleaner, although the water was still extremely darkish and reeking of smell of waste brought down from the upper parts of the waterway.
The funding from the Federal Government channelled towards the project has directly benefited the public, especially those living or working in the surrounding areas.
The federal-funded Sembulan river park is a three-phase project costing RM45 million. The first phase involved the construction of the walk board and the installation of several facilities such as a police kiosk, public benches and lavatories as well as landscaping was fully completed.
This phase of the project will extend the existing park by another 700 meters to bring its total length to 1.5 kilometers.
The whole project, which will involve a parcel of area currently housing a squatter colony located on the other side of the river bank, is scheduled for full completion by the end of 2014.
Away from the busy roads of the Sadong Jaya, the completed first phase now
serves as a safer route and a short cut for pedestrians and villagers commuting
daily between Kampung Sembulan and Karamunsing.
Extra efforts were being taken to further improve the water quality of the Sembulan River, including working with related agencies such as the Drainage and Irrigation Department and the Environment Department to find and implement practical solutions.
Indiscriminate discharge of untreated effluents from the thousands of households and shop houses directly into the river as a major obstacle in transforming the Sembulan River into a truly clean waterway that can serve an attraction and a centre for recreational activities for locals and tourists alike.
INDEX : Kota Kinabalu May 14, 2014 10:32:09 AM