Projects in Serian ongoing with completion delays due to MCO

Abang Johari (second left) together with other senior ministers and PWD staff give their thumbs up for the second flyover in Serian

By Karen Bong

SERIAN, Sept 23: Several construction projects in Serian are ongoing despite facing delays and disruptions due to Movement Control Order (MCO).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had today visited to inspect and get updates on the progress of three projects sites namely the new state government office complex and conference centre, Slabi Water Treatment Plant and the second flyover as part of the Pan Borneo Highway.

Public Works Department (PWD) Sarawak head of project Cassidy Morris briefed that the overall physical work progress of Serian to Pantu junction Pan Borneo Highway project has reached 78.01 per cent.

The four-lane dual carriageway road covered a total distance of 74.25km with the Serian section 33.05km and Pantu section 41.95km.

The scope of works involved 22 bridges, three interchanges and 180 culverts.

With extension of time given, Cassidy revealed that the forecast completion for the Serian section is on Sept 2, 2021 while the Pantu Section is on June 14, 2022.

Chang (right) presenting a souvenir to Abang Johari during his visit to the Slabi Water Treatment Plant.

The major delays were due to design change and URW works. The overall balance of works include earthworks, culvert, bridge works, sub base and road base.

Meanwhile, SISB senior manager Sapian Morshidi reported that the new state government office complex is currently 80.61 per cent completed as of Sept 15.

The completion date for the proposed new complex has been revised to May 3, 2021 following extension time of 84 days as a result of MCO.

Construction of the project commenced on Aug 9, 2018 and was initially scheduled for completion on Feb 8, 2021.

As for the construction of a conference centre, the completion schedule has also been delayed for three months to June 9, 2020.

Due to MCO, the project only got to commence on June 10 this year instead of March 23 and the status of the project is at 7.32 per cent as of Sept 15.

Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) Sarawak director Chang Kuet Shin also briefed Abang Johari on the current progress of the upgrading of the Slabi Water Treatment Plant project.—DayakDaily