Greater KL to be a top metropolis by 2020 – Raja Nong Chik
KUALA LUMPUR: Greater KL is targeted to be in the top 20 list in world economic growth and most liveable metropolis by 2020, says Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.
Commenting on the 10-year plan to transform the city into the best place to live in, Raja Nong Chik said the ministry would lead Greater KL to simultaneously achieve the target.
“We aim to be the only metropolis in Asia.”
Ten municipalities have been included under Greater KL to create a sprawling liveable city and economic hub. They are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selayang, Ampang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang, Kajang and Sepang.
The 279,327ha size of Greater KL is about four times the size of Singapore.
Raja Nong Chik said besides the ministry, the Economic Planning Unit and the Performance Management Delivery Unit, under the Prime Minister’s Department, City Hall and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) were also involved in making Greater KL a success.
The ministry will be in charge of leading the overall planning while City Hall and SPAD will execute the projects. “The Selangor state government is also included.”
Raja Nong Chik said so far, the ministry had not held a meeting on the Greater KL plan but he believed the Selangor government would cooperate. “It is a win-win situation. So I hope politics will be put aside.”
He said Greater KL was the Federal Government’s initiative to create more job opportunities and a better public transport system.
Minister in charge of EPU, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, recently said that Greater KL was about driving the economy and improving the quality of life. He expected Greater KL to help the country reap RM115 billion a year in income over the next 10 years.
Raja Nong Chik said 20 per cent green areas were planned for Greater KL, stating that Putrajaya, which boasts 34 per cent greenery, was the best model.
City Hall would provide a 42km-walkway throughout the city and would spearhead the upgrading of the Klang and Gombak rivers. “They will be a hub for activities where people can jog and cycle.”
Raja Nong Chik said all the projects were expected to begin next year.
“Other big plans include building an underground railway line.”