AMY CHANDRAN is curious to know the fate of the popular aquatic centre in Batu Burok, Kuala Terengganu, which has been closed for nearly two years.
Amy said the centre, which houses a swimming pool, children’s wading pool and diving platforms, were sealed off by the Kuala Terengganu City Council for renovation in 2014.
She said on Christmas Day that year, a section of the roof was blown off by strong winds.
As a result, 13 stall operators at the strategic location were forced to close shop.
Amy said the aquatic centre was popular with food lovers as the stalls served an array of local cuisine, making it a much-sought-after tourist spot.
The RM18-million facility was opened in time for the 2008 Malaysian Games, but had defects on the structure and electrical fittings a year later.
Even the swimming pool was leaking, forcing the Public Works Department to close the pool in 2009.
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman has directed the council to look into the renovation.
A council spokesman said the renovation work was slow moving due to various reasons, including budget constraints.
However, he said, the children’s wading pool was accessible, but other facilities were not open to the public yet, pending completion of the renovation.
He called on the public to be patient, saying the council put safety first.