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By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Aug 21: Sri Aman is expected to have other amenities, apart from a brand-new hospital, to ensure that the town is well connected to all major towns in Sarawak.
Simanggang ssemblyman Datuk Francis Harden Holis said that the Sri Aman Hospital, which cost RM200 million and is now 62 per cent completed, would be able to provide medical services to Sri Aman folks as well as from nearby towns such as Lingga, Batu Lintang, Sungai Tenggang and Lachau when it is completed, expected by January next year.
“We have many projects coming up as announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. This include the Waterfront projects costing about RM12 million, extension works for Dewan Suarah costing RM7 million and food court extension, RM5 million,” he listed some of the few landmarks for Sri Aman.
He informed that the Waterfront project has been tendered out and a contractor had started works on the project.
“As for the Dewan Suarah, we have engaged a consultant to come up with the proposal and now pending tendering process while works on the food court extension is expected to be completed by end of the year,” he told DayakDaily today.
The Assistant Minister of Welfare added that the Batang Lupar Bridge project costing about RM60 million will be tendered out soon and work is expected to commence end of the year.
“The Batang Lupar Bridge will connect Jalan Merdeka along Kampung Hilir, Sri Aman town to Betong and Pan Borneo Highway. A connecting road will also be built to connect Sebuyau to Lingga and to Sri Aman,” he explained.
Francis also disclosed that works on the Sri Aman industrial estate has begun as earthworks and piling have begun.
“We expect the project to be completed by second half of next year. In addition, we have also come up with a new proposal for road connectivity to Sri Aman called Simanggang Link Road to connect Sri Aman Town to Entulang (along Sri Aman-Serian Road). This will open up a new road to Sri Aman Town, besides the current road from Temudok,” he elaborated.
Meanwhile, Francis also revealed that RM40 million has been approved to improve water supply in the rural areas of Sri Aman Division, covering three schools in Undup and Batu Lintang areas.
“Once that project is completed, my kawasan (constituency) will be 90 per cent connected with water supply,” he said.
He added that RM30 million has also been approved to upgrade the road to Ulu Undup with a distance of 15km.— DayakDaily