Thursday, January 20, 2005

New Township To Rise From Tsunami-Ruined Site

Excerpt from Bernama

ALOR STAR, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- A new township will be built on the ruins of the Kota Kuala Muda town destroyed by the Dec 26 tsunami for the affected residents.

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Syed Razak Syed Zain said the township would cover 122 hectares and contain 1,050 units of three-bedroom houses, shops, small and medium industrial area, a tsunami disaster memorial and a recreational park.

He proposed that the new township be named Bandar Baru Damai Abadi.

"We are waiting for the federal government's approval. The project can be completed in two years," he told reporters after chairing the State Executive Council meeting Wednesday.

The proposed township will include part of a mangrove swamp and several villages -- Kampung Kuala, Kampung Kepala Jalan, Kampung Masjid, Kampung Permatang Katong and Kampung Permatang Barat.

Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad, the national housing corporation, will develop the township while the Town and Rural Planning Department will provide the plan.

Syed Razak said the state government would promote the township as a producer of marine-based food products, like anchovies, shrimp paste, fish or prawn crackers, salted fish and dried prawns.

On the financial aid to the tsunami survivors in Kota Kuala Muda, he said the state government had approved an RM80 monthly allowance for each of the 120 affected families for six months.

-- BERNAMA

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