Only a handful of trees bear fruit at city orchard

Unhealthy trees growing at the City Orchard Park along Jalan Bellamy.

KUALA LUMPUR - A total of RM17.25mil (S$6.73 million) has been spent on the City Orchard Park at Kampung Delima in Jalan Bellamy, here, but the project has literally yet to bear much fruit.

Work started on the project in 2006 as part of Visit Malaysia Year 2007, but a visit by The Star revealed an orchard full of trees but only a handful were bearing fruit.

According to one of the workers, there had not been any fruit growing on the trees there for the past three years.

New trees were planted this year but fruit yield remained low.

The 7.68ha park also has a playground and other amenities like toilets, a showcase room, a cafeteria and retail spaces.

According to the Auditor-General's Report 2012, the playground should have had six components but only one was built.

Meanwhile, PAS wants Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Federal Territories Ministry to provide an explanation for the long delay in getting the park ready.

Its Federal Territory Youth chief Kamaruzaman Mohamad said according to the A-G's Report 2012, the contract for the project was given to a private company.

Kamaruzaman, who went to the park for a closer look, was told by the sub-contractor that the launch would be held this week.

According to a DBKL official, the launch of the park would take place this Sunday and KL Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib would be there.