BSB Masterplan slated for Sept release

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BRUNEI-MUARA

THE Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Development Masterplan is halfway to completion and is expected to be ready by September 2010, according to the Minister of Home Affairs who gave an update on the status of the masterplan during the sixth State Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof provided the update in response to an enquiry from a LegCo member on behalf of stakeholders and members of the public.

The minister said that HOK Planning Group, the foreign firm elected by the government of His Majesty as principal consultant of the BSB Masterplan, is currently halfway towards completing the masterplan, which is currently in the stages of carrying out the inception, interim survey, interim proposals and strategies.

"The 10 strategic objectives articulated in the BSB Strategic Planning and Action Plan have been included in the consultant's terms of preference," said the minister.

He further highlighted the strategic objectives of the masterplan which includes, among others, BSB as a "City in the Garden" with a clean and sustainable environment that is free from pollution; as an attractive and beautiful tourist destination with its own unique characteristics, such as its culture, treasures and historical heritage; as a progressive, competitive and sustainable commercial and financial centre with special emphasis on Islamic Finance; as a city with efficient communication and transportation systems; and strengthening administration, management and capability of the BSB Municipal Board and Department to become a more efficient and effective public organisation.

Pehin Dato Hj Adanan also told council members that the BSB Development Masterplan roadshow and vision workshop was successfully held on October 9 last year, which aimed to explore the aspirations, issues of concern and key visions of key stakeholders for the city.

"The consultant has also conducted several meetings and appointments to obtain input and feedback from stakeholders who represent government agencies, private agencies and members of the public. Their insights and ideas can greatly help influence the direction of the masterplan," the minister said.

"It is hoped that the stakeholders will continue to give feedback and input so that we will achieve Vision 2035 that meet the 10 objectives," he added.

The Brunei Times