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Mayor says KL is on track

IN STRIVING to make Kuala Lumpur a world-class city by 2020, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) recently provided an update on its progress to attract investments and business by collaborating with the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (Pemudah).

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said one of the main successes included the speeding up of counter services.

“For example, the One-Stop Centre, has reduced the number of procedures and days required in applying for the construction of small-scale and non-residential projects; as well as the Kuala Lumpur Integrated Submission Be Efficient, Systematic and Transparent (KL is Best) system which simplifies the obtaining of development approvals and 1Serve counters, that provide various services at the same counter,” he said during a briefing to the media on the on-going projects by DBKL to attract financial interest to the city.

The briefing at Menara DBKL was also attended by Pemudah co-chairman Datuk Seri Saw Choo Boon and InvestKL chief executive director Datuk Zainal Amanshah.

Saw said InvestKL, which had helped identify business opportunities was roped in last year into the focus group, to understand the business needs better.

“We would like to assure the business community that we are listening to them and implementing change recommendations that go towards elevating the ease of doing business in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

DBKL is also going big on making Kuala Lumpur a more liveable city by improving public safety, which includes projects like installation of 1,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras around crime hotspots, lighting up back streets, and the construction of pedestrian walkways that are protected by railings and shrubs to deter snatch thieves.

Amin Nordin said livability included beautification projects such as the River of Life, greening Kuala Lumpur, building more pedestrian networks and enhancing attractions in the city.

“A total of RM25mil will be spent on phase two of the River of Life project, RM100mil on beautification and land acquisition at Precinct 7 – which comprised areas stretching about 10.7km along the rivers near Masjid Jamek, Lebuh Pasar Besar, Central Market, Dayabumi Complex, Petaling Street, Sultan Abdul Samad building, St Mary’s Cathedral and the City Theatre (Panggung Bandaraya).

“Another RM8mil is allocated for maintenance of the gross pollutants and rubbish traps, RM15mil for cleaning and maintaining the rivers,” he said.

He also said 38% of beautification works, for heritage sites including Chinatown, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Masjid Jamek, Pasar Seni, Medeka Square, have been completed.

“We also aim to increase accessibility to public transport by creating a pedestrian-friendly city.

“We now have 50km of pedestrian walkway and are looking at the feasibility of having bicycle lanes under MRT lines.

“Ultimately we want to create a network which connects walkways and bicycles lanes to facilitate the use of public transport and minimise traffic congestion,” he said.

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