6 Feb, 2010
Bukit Larut cable car project is on
The almost-aborted cable car project to
ferry visitors up Bukit Larut, the country’s first hill station, is on
The project, unveiled in 2008, went dormant following protests
by environmentalists who felt that the water catchment area at its foothill could be undermined by the
Taiping Municipal Council president Omor
Saad dismissed such a fear, saying that the project would not affect the environment as there would be minimal
“If the project complies with environmental
regulations, there won’t be any harm,” he told reporters after attending a swearing-in ceremony of town councilors
in Taiping on Wednesday.
Omor said the RM65mil project, modeled
after the cable car facility in Langkawi, is expected to commence either in April or May this year and expected
attract an additional 500,000 visitors to Taiping annually. An agreement involving the project developer and the
Perak government is being finalised.
Omor also said residents would soon enjoy a
proper stage bus service, serving the various residential areas here. The pilot project, being undertaken by the
Perak government, would probably take off in April.
“Apart from Taiping, Manjung has also been
chosen for the pilot project,” he said.
He also hoped residents would be ready to
accept more development and tourism-related projects.
people visited Taiping Zoo, including 91,140 who visited its Night Safari programme last
poverty eradication programme, Omor said the council had last year disbursed RM518,000 to 219 poor families
residing in and around the town.
-- Perak News --