By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, May 22: In four years’ time there will be a new road linking Miri-Marudi and Ng Melinau, which is near Mulu National Park, said Marudi Assemblyman Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.
He said the 112km road will provide the vital link for tourists to visit Mulu, which is a World Heritage site.
“We have met Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday and in principle he agreed with the construction of the 112km Miri-Marudi-Ng Melinau Road,” Penguang told DayakDaiy when contacted today.
He disclosed that the road will be constructed under Highland Development Authority (HDA) at a total cost of some RM1 billion.
“Paperwork on the proposed project will be ready by the end of this year and hopefully construction can proceed by 2021 based on ‘design and build’. It is expected to be completed by 2024,” he said.
Penguang, who is also Assistant Minister for Local Government and Housing said, the Miri-Marudi sector will be realigned so that the journey will be shortened by 20 minutes.
“Besides that, the road will also be like a big loop, linking Ng Melinau, Long Panai and Long Lama and back to Beluru, Marudi and Miri,” explained Penguang.
He stressed that the road was crucial as it will open up more land for agriculture as well as for culture, adventure and nature (CAN) eco-tourism activities.
“Providing infrastructure will be the Sarawak government’s first priority to provide connectivity for the rural populace. And concurrently, there is also budget for water electricity supplies as announced by the Minister of Utilities Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi,” he said.
Penguang also expressed support for the Second Trunk Road which has received fierce criticism from the opposition especially from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB).
“Lest they forget, the Second Trunk Road will also be used by all the people from the northern region when they travel to the southern region and vice-versa. So, everyone will benefit from the Second Trunk Road project as it will be a shortcut and provide connectivity between Sebuyau, Lingga, Sri Aman and Betong,” he stated.—DayakDaily