KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- All stalls in the "Little India" zone of Brickfields will be closed for three days from Oct 25 to facilitate the launching of the zone by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on Oct 27.
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Deputy Minister Datuk M.Saravanan said all the stall operators involved had agreed to the temporary closure to make way for the historical event and would resume business on Oct 28.
He said the ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall would also be providing some financial assistance to building owners to repaint their property.
"Between 10,000 and 20,000 people are expected to attend the launching ceremony," he told reporters, here, today, adding that security would be stepped up to ensure a smooth ceremony.
He said upgrading works including the building of two arches and elephant-shaped fountains surrounded by a garden were expected to be completed in two weeks'' time.
SARAVANAN-LITTLE INDIA 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR
"The Government of India has also agreed to give a replica of the ''India Gate'' to be placed in the area," he added.
The Little India project, being implemented in two phases and costing RM42 million, involves the redevelopment of the area from Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan including the construction of new commercial premises and car parks, and widening of roads. BERNAMA
* Saya tidak nampak 'Little Melayu' apatah lagi 'Big Melayu' di tengah-tengah bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.. Ada ke kat lorong mana-mana? (Jalan TAR, Jalan Masjid India dah ramai Indon daripada Melayu.. )