Phase 1 of Jalan Nanga Menuan/Nanga Setepus to be finished by end of July

Aidel (back row, seventh from right) with residents and the contractor at the site.

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By William Isau

SIBU, June 26: Residents of 10 longhouses will soon be able to travel with ease as construction work on Jalan Nanga Menuan/Nanga Setepus (Phase 1) in Kapit will be completed by end of July.

The project will also benefit two primary schools there.

“Physical work on the project is 93 per cent completed. We hope to get it done within the time frame,” Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Port Development (MIPD) Aidel Lariwoo told reporters during a site visit today.

Following that he also hoped that the second phase of the project could start once funds have been allocated.

Aidel also visited the ferry crossing project site at Nanga Menuan, which is still in the planning stage.

“The ferry crossing project is one of the projects long-awaited for by the residents, especially once the Nanga Menuan/Nanga Setupus road is completed,” he said.

However, he said that the ferry crossing project is only a temporary solution as the government is considering building the Nanga Menuan bridge as a permanent crossing for people in the area.

Touching on the riverbank and slope protection work and extension project along the Kapit Waterfront, Aidel said that the work is ahead of schedule.

“The project costing RM10.53 million is now at 15.41 per cent completed. It is ahead of schedule. We are confident with the contractor’s work.

“It (the project) is part of our effort to beautify Kapit. Kapit will be one of the rising star gateways of Sarawak when Indonesia relocates its capital (to Kalimantan). Kapit should take full advantage of its (Indonesia’s capital) movement,” he said.

Also present was Deputy Minister in the Sarawak Premier’s Department (Native Law and Customs) Jefferson Jamit Unyat who is also the Bukit Goram assemblyman. — DayakDaily