The progress of work on the forest trails, Park Maintenance Office and Hindu Temple, and Surau-Jumaat Community Area are ongoing. The contractors and the consultants are working hard to ensure the completion of these buildings and trails is as per the targeted date.
In preparing the forest trails, plants from within the site located along the identified pathway, have been transplanted to the identified locations along the forest trails. Additionally, more than 250 of ethnic Malaysian rainforest trees from the nursery in Tanjung Malim have been planted at various locations along the trails. A remainder of approximately 3,750 trees will be added at the forest trails and at other areas within the Taman Tugu site. These trees species varies from about 40 different forest timber and fruit species, measuring from 3 – 12 metres in height. In addition to planting new trees on site, about 1,000 existing trees have been identified and tagged by FRIM to be preserved. These tagged trees can also be found along the forest trails.
Other than clearing the forest trails pathways and planting of trees, the team has, and is still clearing piles of rubbish found on site. It was said that the site used to be an illegal dumping ground and items ranging from TV monitors, toilet bowls, plastics, glass bottles to pieces of clothing have been found amongst the piles of rubbish. So far, more than 40 truck loads of rubbish have been cleared, and the process is still ongoing.
Besides the monitoring of the completion of the forest trials, Park Maintenance Office and Hindu Temple, and Surau-Jumaat Community Area, the team is also working to ensure that the spaces developed are optimally used. With regards to the Hindu Temple and Surau-Jumaat Community Area, the team is currently working closely with the newly formed joint Hindu Temple committee, the existing Madarasah Bustanul Ulum community, and the surrounding food stall operators to ensure transition to their new respective spaces is smooth and all their concerns have, and will be addressed.
As for the Park Maintenance Office, the future Taman Tugu park management team will be based there. In the interim however, the current contractor for the supply, planting, maintenance of trees, Forest House Sdn Bhd (“FHSB”), will take over the building once it is ready until the Taman Tugu park management team has been fully formed and mobilised.
The forest trails, Park Maintenance Office and Hindu Temple, and Surau-Jumaat Community Area are scheduled to be completed by Q3 this year. The rest of the park is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. The tender for the main contractor of the Taman Tugu Park and Khazanah ILMU has been issued and the construction works are targeted to commence by Q3 this year. We look forward to all of you enjoying and owning these spaces soon.