Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is optimistic about the transformation of our famous river in the city. “Once completed, the project will improve opportunities for neighbouring businesses where the attractive and cleaner environment will increase the number of visitors into the area and consequently boost tourism”.
He added that the upgraded area offers the community a healthier and enjoyable recreational platform to organise or enjoy arts, cultural and recreational activities. This stretch of the Segget will become a focus of activities for visitors, business owners and the Rakyat.
Getting Everyone Involved
Representatives from different sectors and segments of the community namely a group of school children, were asked to come up with ideas on how to make Sg Segget more children-friendly through design elements which will of course include safety and security considerations by the relevant parties.
The project will also include the enhancement of building façades with painting work and the upgrading of Jalan Wong Ah Fook and recreational pathway which can be used for trishaw, bicycle and scooters.
Sg Segget landscape will be divided into three sections which are the historical and heritage zone, culture and arts zone, and fun and leisure zone.
Historical and Heritage Zone
Introduces the history and heritage of Sungai Segget and Johor combined with fun family components such as the Seaview Plaza, Kapal Bugis ‘Prahu Panisi sculpture, Iconic Statement Segget sculpture and as such.
Culture & Art Zone
Promotes and enhances the local identity and character as well as encompasses the creative expression of visual and performing arts like a ‘JIM’ sculpture which is made from cotton steel symbolising JOHOR in Jawi.
Sg Segget Rejuvenation Project
Phase 1 and 2 were the “Construction of Sg Segget Integrated Water Treatment Plant (IWTP)” and “Construction of Flood Mitigation System and Sewerage System” which were completed in April 2017.
Phase 3 is the on-going “Sg Segget Landscaping and Upgrading of Jalan Wong Ah Fook Project”.
This project is also associated with and contributes to the broader JB City Transformation Plan to rejuvenate the central business district of the city (CBD) and make it a centre for the growth of business, community and cultural activities. Improving the landscape of this river in the centre of the city will fittingly complement many other CBD catalytic ventures, namely the MBJB landscape and beautification initiatives, the Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD) and the RTS.
The project is currently at 23% completion and is expected to be completed in Q3 2021.