Phase One of new roads connecting Igan to Sibu to shorten travel time, completion slated for Jan 2024

Aidel (first row left) inspecting the project.

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SIBU, June 27: Igan will soon be closer to Sibu as Phase One of the road connectivity project covering 22km will be completed in January next year.

Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Port Development (MIPD) Aidel Lariwoo said Phase One of the project, costing RM104 million involved building a road from Sungai Bidut near here to Kampung Sebedil.

“We are waiting for Phase Two that will be built under the Public Works Department (JKR) R3 standard where the road will be wider. We will have to think of how to link Sungai Bidut to Kampung Bungan then to Igan, where several alignments are needed. This project will make the travelling time from Igan to Sibu shorter,” said Aidel to reporters at the site visit today.

The whole project which includes Phase One covers a distance of 38km.

He added that earth work on Phase Two has been completed and is only waiting for funds to complete the whole stretch.

“We don’t know the cost yet for Phase Two as the project has not been tendered out. The government might consider it under the mid-term review (of the 12th Malaysia Plan),” he added.

On land compensation for the construction of the project, he said they were waiting for the tabling of the allocation at the next State Legislative Assembly sitting. — DayakDaily