KUCHING, March 22: The Works Ministry spends RM162,000 monthly on routine maintenance of federal road in Lawas.
According to a news report from Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) yesterday (March 22), Work Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi said a total of RM9.28 million has been allocated for periodic pavement and non-pavement works from 2018 to 2022 on roads.
“The total length of federal roads in Limbang maintained by concession companies is 120,879 kilometers (km), while the federal roads in Lawas Parliament alone are 62,729km long,” said Nanta in a written reply to an unanswered question in the Dewan Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (March 21).
Earlier on, Lawas MP Dato Henry Sum Agong asked about the Works Ministry’s efforts to ensure the condition of federal roads in Lawas parliamentary constituency are in good condition considering that there has been much damage.
In reply to this, Nanta said that some immediate actions have been taken by the federal road concessionaires in 2022 as a short-term solution to the problem of potholes along federal roads in Lawas.
He also said his minister implements road patching or ‘pothole patching’ as part of routine maintenance work.
“The quantity of pothole patching work for the period from January to December 2022 that has been carried out on the route is 1,199.
“While for roads that are badly damaged due to weak pavement structure, maintenance work has been carried out under the Periodic Pavement Maintenance programme with a maintenance allocation of RM700,000,” he added. — DayakDaily