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Melaka proposes four infrastructure projects under Budget 2012

MELAKA: A coastal highway between Melaka and Port Dickson and a flood mitigation project are among four infrastructure projects proposed by the Melaka government in Budget 2012 to be tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Oct 7.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the other projects were upgrading of the Ayer Keroh expressway and a drainage and sewage project.

"These projects are crucial to provide better facilities for the people and accommodate the rapid development in Melaka," he told reporters here after a visit to Pekan Bukit Baru here on Monday, May 23.

He said the existing infrastructure, like drains, could not accommodate the rapid development in the state, resulting in flash floods to occur.

Mohd Ali said the upgrading of the Ayer Keroh expressway, which would involve construction of a flyover at the intersection of the Melaka International Trade Centre and at the Istana intersection near the Pantai Hospital, was vital as it served as the main entry point to the state.

"I will also request to have a tram service between Ayer Keroh and the Melaka town center to reduce congestion on the Ayer Keroh expressway," he added.

In another development, Mohd Ali said the state government had spent RM4.9 million to pay compensation to owners of 26 houses and shops in Pekan Bukit Baru to make way for new development at the site.

The site would be developed with the construction of a three-storey building comprising 43 shops and work on the project would begin in August, he added. — Bernama

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