Completion date for Jalan Ulu Paku upgrading project delayed to April 2024

Harden standing (second left) and others inspecting the road upgrading site of Jalan Ulu Paku, Undop, Sri Aman. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, March 25: The upgrading of Jalan Ulu Paku, Undop in Sri Aman, has been given an extension of time (EOT) of 219 days and is expected to complete by April 12, 2024.

According to the Deputy Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development, Datuk Francis Harden, the project costing RM19.1 million was supposed to be completed on July 12 — 18 months from the commencement of work on Jan 13, 2022.

“The delay was caused by the changes from the actual plan design by the consultant after taking factors of the weather and the physical progress into consideration as of February 2023, progress is only at 18.9 per cent, which is 58.20 per cent short of the 77.15 per cent target.

“We hoped the project would go as planned, and the contractor must give their full commitment to complete the project within the new time frame,” he said.

Harden, who Simanggang assemblyman, said this during a briefing on the project by the Sri Aman Public Works Department (JKR) assistant engineer Bellgalmano Low on March 24, as reported by the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas).

“With enough manpower and facilities needed to complete the job, I hope there would not be any more excuses to expedite the upgrading work,” he said.

Harden later visited the upgrading project extension site of Jalan Ulu Paku at SK Paku, Undop to Kampung Sungai Putong and the border of Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia.

On the visit to the border, he suggested that Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex should be built as early preparation, seeing that the Indonesian capital is moving to the island of Borneo.

Present at the briefing and site visit are the Sri Aman Development Agency (Sada) special administrative officer, Datu Indit Bangai and representatives from other agencies. — DayakDaily