An allocation of RM750,000 will help upgrade the infrastructure of Gua Sireh, Baling

An allocation of RM750,000 will help upgrade the infrastructure of Gua Sireh, Baling

Sireh Cave is a proposed location to be developed under the Natural Heritage Eco-Tourism Project in the Kampung Padang Che Mas Sustainable Village Program.

BALING: A total of RM750,000 has been allocated to the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development through the Kedah Regional Development Authority (KEDA) to upgrade the infrastructure in Gua Sireh here.

KEDA General Manager Datuk Kamaruddin Abd Akib said Sireh Cave is a proposed location to be developed under the Natural Heritage Eco-Tourism Project in the Kampung Padang Che Mas Sustainable Village Program.

“The allocation of RM750,000 for the addition of infra (infrastructure) and logistical access in Sireh Cave includes a 400-meter-long road and fence inside the cave, the purchase of tourist vans, facility improvements and the purchase of cave equipment, entertainment licenses, rentals, taxes and insurance.

“KEDA is confident that with the addition of this infrastructure and logistical access, Sireh Cave will be the choice of visitors due to its uniqueness and beauty and the panorama inside this cave is truly amazing,” he told the media after a visit to Sireh Cave here today.

He said the upgrade project is scheduled to start this March and the focus will be on providing a safer route and adding lighting in the cave.

He said, however, the work will take time because it is necessary to bring in building materials and equipment into the cave, which has been open to visitors since February 2019.

“After climbing about 100 meters to the cave entrance, visitors will be able to see the natural beauty formed on the ceiling and cave walls along the path into the cave, which is 400 meters away, it will provide quite an interesting experience,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sireh Baling Cave Eco Tourism Cooperative Chairman Mohd Sazli Ibrahim said there are 20 cave priests who will act as guides for visitors who want to enter the cave.

“Since it opened, an estimated 100 visitors have come to Gua Sireh and the area of ​​this cave can accommodate about 1,000 to 2,000 visitors at a time,” he said.

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