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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Nov 9: A total sum of RM5.939 billion will be allocated next year to implement various projects under the Transport sub-sector such as roads and bridges, ports, airports and other mode of transport.
The allocations will be done via both the state budget and State Alternative Funding Initiatives.
“Road infrastructure development including bridges has always been given a priority by the State government as we strive to connect all areas in Sarawak.
“Under the 2021 State Budget, a total sum of RM1.273 billion will be provided for the implementation of various roads and bridges projects,” said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when tabling Sarawak Budget 2021 at Sarawak Legislative Assembly Complex here today.
These projects included the upgrading of five roundabouts along Kuching- Samarahan Expressway; proposed construction of road from Kampung Bako to Kampung Buntal, Kuching; proposed Jalan Nanga Ibau/ Ulu Sg. Ibau, Kapit; proposed Jalan Sg. Bidut/Kpg Tutus/ Kpg Sebedil/ Kpg Bungan Kecil, Sibu; proposed road to Rumah Panjang Nicholas Anak Sandom, Sungai Sigu Pandan, Sebauh, Bintulu.
They also included proposed Marudi Bridge Over Batang Baram, Miri; proposed Sg. Limbang Bridge, Sg. Bunut No. 2 Bridge and connecting roads, Limbang; construction of Rantau Panjang/Rassau Road, Batang Igan, Phase I Mukah; proposed Nanga Kesit-Ulu Lemanak-Engkari Road, Lubok Antu, Sri Aman and Jalan Tanjung Manis, Sibu Sebena and Ilas Sarikei.
The other two mega road projects are the Coastal Road Network and the Second Trunk Road projects.
“Connectivity and accessibility are two critical elements to spur economic growth and development.
“Improving connectivity and accessibility means more roads, bridges, water and air transport would need to be put in place to create economic vibrancy in the surrounding areas, improving liveability and mobility of local communities, as well as creating business and employment opportunities,” said Abang Johari who is also Sarawak Finance Minister. — DayakDaily