MERSING - The leading foreign contractor of the RM22 billion (S$9 billion) marina bay, Mersing Laguna, is committed to complete the project's land reclamation in 36 months.
From then on, brisk physical development, including the construction of hotels and marina facilities by local developer Radiant Starfish Development Bhd is expected to take off on the 809ha man-made islands.
Power Construction Corporation China president Ma Zong Lin said the company's subsidiary, Sinohydro, had been appointed to carry out the land reclamation.
Speaking through an interpreter during the launch of the project by Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, Ma said the company was proud to be part of the district's development master plan under the Eastern Corridor Economic Region (ECER).
"Sinohydro is not only an expert in underwater engineering but also marine infrastructure construction.
"We are also involved in the development of the CP-1 city in Qatar and the 1,200km bullet train project from Shanghai to Beijing."
Mersing Laguna is expected to be fully completed by 2020.
Meanwhile, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said Mersing's natural beauty, with its pristine rivers and white sandy beaches, had long attracted tourists from all over the world.
Ghani was also confident that Radiant Starfish and its investors would be able to breathe new life into Mersing.
"Under the ECER, the district's potential in the tourism industry will be further expanded.
"Talks on the project took place several years ago, to make Mersing a top international destination," the menteri besar added.