JOHOR BARU: The presence of utility connections underneath Sungai Segget is among the reasons the multi-million ringgit rehabilitation and rejuvenation project was delayed.
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the RM270mil project is now expected to be fully completed by the middle of next year.
The project is currently 85% complete but it would take another six months for the landscaping work to be done, he said.
“We did not have much information about the utilities there earlier,” said Ismail in explaining the delay after launching the Geoinformatics and Geomatics Festival 2016 at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai Campus here on Monday.
The multi-million Sungai Segget Rejuvenation Project comprises an integrated water treatment plant and the development of a flood mitigation and sewerage system, followed by the river beautification project.
Ismail said the final phase involves landscaping work to ensure that Sungai Segget becomes a hub for tourists, both local and foreign.
Ismail added that although the river flows along a 1.5km stretch, the length of which it is navigable is only half of that, as the other portion is quite shallow.
“The upstream part would be shallower so flat bottom boats cannot use it.
“The bottom half, right up to the tidal gate, would be of a certain depth to allow such boats to cross,” he said adding that the area would be open from the gate to the Tropical Inn Hotel.
Dubbed as the Gem of Johor Baru City, the upgrading of Sungai Segget is part of the plan to transform the city centre into a vibrant place.