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Monday, 20 November 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Klang third bridge named after 18th century warrior

KLANG: The new Klang third bridge is now named Jambatan Raja Muda Nala after the early 18th century warrior and Raja Muda Selangor.

The name was announced by Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah who launched the official opening of the bridge here yesterday.

The first two bridges in Klang are known as Jambatan Kota and Jambatan Musaeddin.

Raja Muda Nala was one of four children of the first Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sallehuddin Shah.

The Ruler was accompanied by Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin. Also present were Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and state Public Works Department director Datuk Ruslan Abdul Aziz.

Azmin said the 2.5km bridge, which costs RM199mil, links the northern and southern parts of Klang through Jalan Goh Hock Huat and Jalan Sungai Bertih.

Construction began in July 2014 and was completed in May this year.

“The opening of the bridge is expected to reduce traffic congestion in Klang by 20% and ease the load of Jambatan Kota and Jambatan Musaeddin,” he added.

At another function in Petaling Jaya last night, Sultan Sharafuddin launched the opening of the refurbished Kota Darul Ehsan arch.

The Ruler expressed his pleasure and gratitude to the Selangor government for carrying out the arch’s facelift project.

“The arch was opened in 1981. And after 36 years, it has been given a fresher and more pleasant appearance as the icon for the state.

“I am pleased with the outcome and hope that the people will treasure this landmark, the pride of Selangor,” he added.

Sultan Sharafuddin said the arch was constructed on Feb 1, 1974, following the creation of Kuala Lumpur as a Federal Territory.

“At that time, my late father Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah had decreed that an arch should be built to mark the border between the Fede­ral Territory and Selangor,” he said.

Situated along the Federal Highway, the Kota Darul Ehsan arch underwent a facelift from April 2015 to Sept 30 this year.

Among the changes carried out were the use of safe and lightweight materials for the carvings and motifs on the walls and pillars without compromising the safety of motorists or the original design. Work was also done on the arch’s flag poles, Selangor coat of arms and cannons and suitable colour schemes that reflect the image of Selangor were used.

Other upgrades included a special lighting system and planting of trees and shrubs around the arch.