Monday, January 13, 2014

Victoria Bridge Can Become Tourist Attraction - Nazri Aziz

KUALA KANGSAR, Jan 12 (Bernama) -- The Victoria Bridge in Kuala Kangsar, among the oldest railway bridges in the country, can be turned into a tourism attraction in the country.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the 114 year-old bridge was a historical remnant which must be preserved to ensure its continuity. "The bridge and its surrounding areas can become a major tourist attraction, based on its past history, which also colours the history of the village here," he told reporters here, Sunday.

The bridge over Sungai Bidor is also known as the Enggor Bridge because it is located in Enggor, Karai town, Kuala Kangsar. Work started on the bridge in 1897 and it was fully completed in 1890, operation train services from Enggor to Kuala Kangsar before it was fully used for the travel from Prai, Penang to Johor Baharu in 1910.

Meanwhile, Railway Tourism Association of Malaysia president Khadijah Abd Rahman said the bridge was no longer used after 2002 with the completion of a concrete bridge nearby. She said the name for the bridge was derived from Queen Victoria, in conjunction with the Diamond Jubilee of her rule, in 1897, the same year the construction of the bridge had started.

-bernama.

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