Eco-stream or eco-tampering? (The view looking towards Coronation Camp)
Thanks to the blog reader who sent me the above pics.
In case you are wondering what’s going on at the Penang Botanic Gardens, the pictures above show the “Eco-Stream Walk” under construction.
The is one of four new “attractions” in the pipeline, the others being a bambusetum (a bamboo park), a garden mall and a water garden. (What’s a ‘garden mall’ and a ‘water garden’? These will be just outside the present entrance.) Work is due to finish in 2010.
The “Eco-Stream Walk” will be 300 metres long, following the stream from the nursery in the Gardens to a parking area near Waterfall Road.
They are also building a ‘Tourist Pavilion’ opposite the Horticulture Centre – gallery, souvenir shops and information booths. (More concrete in the gardens?) Wouldn’t one information booth suffice?
In a future phase, a bamboo village will be added.
Why not, when you have RM7 million funding from the Tourism Ministry under the Ninth Malaysia Plan? Let’s build some “attractions”. After all, we can’t stand seeing open green recreational spaces around. We must “develop” them.
I called up Kanda Kumar of the Malaysian Nature Society, Penang chapter, to find out what he thought about the “Eco-Stream Walk”. He didn’t sound thrilled at all.
He said he didn’t know what was so “eco” about it when they are clearing the vegetation from the banks of the stream, raising the level of the banks and putting in some kind of matting for the pedestrian walkway.
Maybe they think they can improve on Nature?
He pointed out that the original plan for the walkway was so much simpler.
Blog reader Special Agent Mat Bond says:
Thanks for highlighting this!
This is exactly what we have been fighting the BN fellars in KL, especially DBKL and their “Naik Taraf” projects at Lake Gardens….
The lake gardens in KL have endured so much of silent trauma in the name of “Naik Taraf” every time a mayor changes; if only the trees can talk…
Unnecessary water features, whole gardens and greenery being displaced for a “piece de resistance” that will inevitably need more funds for upkeep and maintenance!
It’s really beyond me how they just can’t let it be! Use the funds to stabilise weaker trees, treat the termites and plant more trees, green the area and not grey it!
My biggest fear is your PBG graduating to a Lake Gardens in a few years…
Blogger Lilian adds:
And they evicted the scouts out of the Coronation camp! I also didn’t notice this project until I asked my sons, “Eh, you scouts never go camping anymore?”
He said, “The camp is gone-lah!”
As it is, the Botanic Gardens are not receiving much tourists so what’s the point to make more attractions?