New Telipok-Ranau route proposed under 10MP

KOTA KINABALU: A proposal for a new route connecting Telipok-Kiulu-Randagong-Ranau, spanning around 150km, has been submitted to the federal government for consideration under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP).Sabah Public Works Department (PWD) director John Anthony said this would act as an alternative route to the existing route between Tamparuli and Ranau.

Preliminary estimate of the project cost is RM350 milion.

“This will be a single carriageway… it is on lower ground and we feel that the ground will be stable, so it will be less prone to landslide.

“If the project is approved, it will take about four years to complete,” he told reporters after the department’s Quality Day celebration here today.

John was asked to comment on Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun’s statement on Tuesday that there was an urgent need for a new route between Kota Kinabalu and Ranau, especially to meet the tourism industry’s demand.

Masidi made the statement following a landslide at km65 of the Kota Kinabalu-Ranau road Tuesday which hundreds of vehicles stranded.

The landslide occurred at about 1am and covered a 100m stretch of the hillside road not far from the route to the Kinabalu National Park near Kundasang.

However no one was injured and no property was damaged.

On the update on the landslide clearing works, John said there was still active earth movement but they hoped to completely clear the road by today.

“We have opened a lane to traffic but starting today we will build a 1.5m detour,” he said.

Asked if there were plans to find a permanent solution for landslide-prone areas, he said continuous observation was conducted on landslide-prone and high-risk areas and preventive measures would be taken when needed. — Bernama

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