Causes of damage to KL’s River of Life infrastructure identified

PETALING JAYA: Floods, heavy rains, heat waves and high visitor numbers are among the factors that contributed to infrastructure damage at Kuala Lumpur’s River of Life (RoL) tourist attraction, according to Kuala Lumpur City Hall. .

The explanation came following photographs shared by the public on social media showing cracks and damage to RoL’s infrastructure. Questions have been raised as to whether it is properly maintained.

A spokesman for the Kuala Lumpur City Hall said it would carry out scheduled preventive and corrective maintenance more often to fix the problem.

“Maintenance, monitoring and regulation are not one-off actions, as they are carried out permanently under our supervision. We hope that all parties and authorities will play their part in keeping the RoL infrastructure and area clean, safe and enjoyable for the public.

The spokesperson said this will ensure that RoL will be maintained in good condition for many years to come and remain one of Kuala Lumpur’s main attractions for foreign and local visitors. A total of RM4.4 billion had been invested in the RoL waterfront transformation project.

The project began in 2011 to revive the Klang and Gombak rivers in the city and transform their banks into riverine areas with potential for economic and commercial value through river clean-up, beautification and land use planning.

As a result, the RoL has been ranked among the “Top 10 Waterfront Areas in the World” by the UK. The Independent newspaper in 2019. Other waterfronts that make the list include Shibuya Stream in Japan, Elizabeth Quay in Australia and Clarke Quay in Singapore.

The spokesperson said the RoL project is estimated to have a population of 35,000, with around 93,000 m² for commercial purposes, creating more than 27,000 jobs, increasing the use of public transport and reducing traffic congestion by 15% .

“RoL has received a high number of tourists since it opened to the public in 2017, as the attraction is one of the many places in Kuala Lumpur that people frequent, especially on weekends and during school holidays.

“As a result, it affected its infrastructure, with damage from foot traffic, weather and flooding that occurred in the area. Wear and tear also contributed to cracks and damage,” the gatekeeper said. -word.

RoL is located near Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad, the oldest mosque in the city. Other popular nearby attractions are the Central Market and Dataran Merdeka.

Nearby attractions are just a short walk from the RoL.

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