Limbang River embankment project to commence next month, scheduled to complete by Sept 2024

One of the contractors who won the open tender to continue the Limbang River Embankment Project receiving his contract. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas)

KUCHING, Aug 21: The Limbang River embankment project is expected to kick off on Sept 20 and is scheduled to be completed by Sept 19, 2024.

According to the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), Deputy Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development, Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, said that the two contractors who won the open tender to continue the project have received their contracts.

He said there would be two projects that the two contractors will carry out under the People’s Project, which are Package 2-Phase 2 of the Limbang Riverbank upgrading project and Phase 3 of the upgrading of the Limbang Riverbank project.

Dr Abdul Rahman explained that Package 2-Phase 2 of the Limbang Riverbank upgrading project is to repair the slope failure in the second phase, approximately 250 metres from where a landslide occurred.

“For the Limbang River embankment project, we are less fortunate because there was also a landslide in the first phase, and we are choosing a contractor to do the repair work.

“The second phase also experienced a landslide and was quite complicated to fix.

“The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Sarawak and Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak have estimated that the required cost is almost RM30 million,” he said on Wednesday (Aug 17) in a press conference after handing over the contract to the contractors at the Limbang District Council meeting room.

Furthermore, Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also the Bukit Kota assemblyman, went on to say that another project submitted was Phase 3 of the project to upgrade the Limbang Riverbank, which is to ensure that there are no missing links between Phase 1 of the Information Centre Building Phase and the Limbang Guest Building, which is separated by the Customs and Immigration building.

“The Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has already agreed to provide an allocation for the construction of a pedestrian bridge where the Customs and Immigration building will not be demolished, allowing us to construct an elevated bank that connects to the Guest House.

“What makes this package even more unique is that it includes the construction of additional guest buildings for business facilities,” he explained.

Dr Abdul Rahman is confident that the project, which has one of Sarawak’s longest waterfronts, will become one of the district’s tourist attractions once completed. — DayakDaily