MIRI (Dec 19): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday launched eight packages of the Pan Borneo Freeway costing a complete of RM12.5 billion.
The eight packages are a part of the 11 packages of the alignment of the freeway in Sarawak that are at present being applied in numerous divisions within the state.
The eight packages are Sematan-Sungai Moyan Bridge (95km); Pantu Interchange-Batang Skrang (89km); Batang Skrang-Sungai Awik Bridge (68km); Sungai Awik Bridge-Bintangor Interchange (64km); Sungai Kua Bridge-Sungai Arip Bridge( 64km); Sungai Arip Bridge-Bintulu Interchange (65km); Bakun Interchange-Sungai Tangap (77 km); and Sungai Tangap Interchange-Pujut Hyperlink Highway (80km).
These packages are a part of the general 1,089km of the Pan Borneo Freeway in Sarawak.
Bernama reported from Sadong Jaya that Najib yesterday additionally formally opened the 1.48km Batang Sadong Bridge costing RM231 million to construct and is predicted to spur financial progress within the space.
Najib mentioned the bridge was accomplished two weeks sooner than deliberate whereas its price was RM12 million lesser than initially introduced.
“It is a godsend for us. Moreover guaranteeing protected travels, it would stimulate financial progress for individuals within the space, whereas their agriculture output potential may be elevated,” he mentioned on the opening ceremony.
Najib mentioned he had spontaneously accepted the constructing of the bridge throughout his walkabout within the space in 2011 after listening to of the native individuals’s difficulties, apart from contemplating the significance of making a community of roads for residents dwelling alongside the coastal areas that have been bypassed by the Pan Borneo Freeway.
To finish the coastal route alignment, the prime minister mentioned one other bridge, costing RM1 billion, was deliberate to be constructed throughout Sungai Batang Lupar, with development anticipated to begin in 2018.
Najib mentioned when prepared, the 5km bridge, which is to be constructed with a 50-50 share between the state and federal governments, can be the longest in Sarawak, with the present standing being held by Batang Sadong Bridge.
He mentioned different bridges being deliberate or already accepted to finish the coastal route alignment for snug journey included the Batang Samarahan Bridge (estimated to price RM112 million), Batang Igan (RM300 million) and Batang Rambungan (RM130 million).
Najib mentioned these have been the federal government’s guarantees that have been by no means forgotten as a result of for the federal government, guarantees have to be stored.
Amongst these current on the ceremony have been Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg, who represented Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof and Minister within the Prime Minister’s Division Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.— Bernama
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