Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kinta River water activities to bring in more tourists

IPOH: Kinta River is set to become a tourist spot with the introduction of water-related activities by the state government.

State Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Hamidah Osman said a discussion would be held with Ipoh City Council to determine the kind of activities that are suitable.

“For a start, we may offer kayaking along the river for tourists and the city folk,” she told reporters after closing the SMK Pengkalan Green-thon Programme at Kinta riverfront yesterday.

Hamidah said a river cruise would be offered by Morubina Group of Companies, which was undertaking a RM200mil development project along the 1.2km stretch of the river.

“The cruise will start from Taman D.R. Seenivasagam to the Kinta riverfront,” she said, adding that more activities would be introduced from time to time.

She said efforts to make Kinta River an engine of growth for tourism activities was in line with the state’s ambition in making the industry the second biggest income earner for Perak.

On the initiative by SMK Pengkalan students and teachers in throwing 13,000 mudballs enriched with micro organisms into Kinta River, Hamidah called on everybody to help preserve the environment.

”The state government welcomes corporate bodies, private entities or non-governmental organisations in efforts to preserve the environment,” she said.

Kinta River has been classified under Class IV category by the Drainage and Irrigation Department, which is only fit for irrigation.

Sumber : The Star online

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