MCC to request grant for road upgrade
by Jacqueline Raphael, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on August 9, 2012, Thursday
MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) will be applying for a quarter million ringgit allocation to widen and tar-seal a stretch of road that links Tudan area to Lutong Baru.
The gravel road which covers a distance of about 1 kilometre is used by villagers of Tudan Phase 3 and Tudan Phase 5 as a shortcut to go to Lutong Baru as well as to Tudan-Pujut main road.
“The villagers from Tudan area are using this small and dusty road to go to Lutong Baru as well as go to the main road.
“We hope the council can improve this road immediately for the benefit of residents here,” said local philanthropist Hii King Chiong who visited the road with mayor Lawrence Lai yesterday.
According to him, the villagers had come to the Hii and Chin Service Centre operated by him and his partner Keith Chin to highlight the matter and seek their assistance.
Following that, Hii said he got in touch with the council and brought the mayor to visit the stretch of road.
Meanwhile Lai said the upgrading of the road would cost about RM250,000 but the council would have to wait for the approval of the allocation for the project.
He added that the project would involve widening and tar-sealing the road to make it a two-way thoroughfare.
During the site visit, Hii also took the team to inspect a sinking road at Tudan Phase 5 which is in dire need of improvement as small vehicles such as Kancil are not able to pass through it.
“Part of the Lorong Seroja 9 road is sinking and this is dangerous to smaller vehicles. The road is also too narrow for two vehicles to pass through at one time,” said Lai, adding that the council would immediately improve the road’s condition.
Another area inspected during the visit was Jalan Delima 4C in Tudan Phase 4 where the drain was clogged by vegetation and plants.
“The council will ask the contractor in-charge of this area to clear the drain and install culverts at the intersection of the drain to enable water to flow out smoothly especially during heavy rain,” he said.
Among those joining the visit were councillor Kong San Hoe, Miri Resident’s representative Chang Ya Muk and Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Suzanne Lee.