Tuesday, November 30

Luyang, Inanam flyovers ready by July 2017 – Pairin

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KOTA KINABALU: The ongoing construction of the flyovers at the Lintas-Kolam Road in Luyang and Mile 5.5 Tuaran-Lintas in Inanam will be completed by July 2017.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said that the completion period for the two turnkey projects was 30 months and currently their physical works were 37 percent completed.

“The flyovers will benefit not only users of Jalan Lintas-Jalan Tuaran bypass but also residents in Inanam, Likas, Luyang, Kolam, Bukit Padang, Bundusan and the surrounding areas, apart from greatly easing the traffic congestions in the urban area,” he said in his winding-up speech for his ministry on the State Budget 2016 debate.

Pairin, who also is the State Infrastructure Development Minister, told the House that for 2016 his ministry would get development allocation of RM246.87 million and RM718.01 million supply expenditure.

Under the 2016 Federal Budget unveiled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the Parliament on OctOBER 23, RM12.8 billion was allocated to commence the construction of the 706km Pan Borneo Highway project in March next year, he said on the final day sitting of the State Assembly yesterday.

Pairin said the RM246.87 million development allocation for 2016 would be distributed to the Works Department (RM91.4 million); Water Department (RM144.85 million); State Railway Department (RM7.18 million) and Sabah Ports (RM3.4 million).

From the RM91.4 million allocation to the Works Department, RM13.4 million will be utilized for the construction of urban roads in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau and rural towns; road maintanence (RM2 million); access roads to tourism, agricultural and industrial areas (RM23.1 million); access roads to urban and rural areas (RM6 million); road safety and traffic programs (RM3.5 million); bridge program (RM11.8 million); road slopes program (RM4.5 million) and sewerage program (RM20 million).

Pairin said under the 2016 Federal Budget, several road projects had already been planned aimed at resolving the perennial traffic congestions on the roads, namely the Libaran bypass phases 1, 2 and 3 in Sandakan, Donggongon-Papar Spur Road phases 2 and 3; the 2.5km Benoni-Papar Town Road; Kapayan-Lok Kawi Road package 1C; and the Moresem-Sukau Road inclusive of the second Kinabatan bridge construction.

He said the RM144.85 allocation to the State Water Department would be utilized for various projects such as the Special Water Supply Program (RM100 million); reduction of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) program (RM6.8 million) upgrading of main water pipes (RM11 million) and water quality improvement program (RM7 million).

The RM7.18 million allocation to the State Raily Department was mainly for improving the existing railway infrastructure and services.

On the federal-funded development projects in Sabah, Pairin said among the ongoing projects or being implemented were the Tanjung Aru Sewerage Scheme (Kota Kinabalu Phase 2A) project worth RM249.3 million; Beaufort Water Treatment Plant and installation of piping system (RM226 million); Semporna Water Treatment Plant (RM100 million); Keningau Water Treatment Plant (RM235 million); Kundasang Water Supply Project (RM110 million); Lahad Datu New Water Treatment Plant (RM270 million) and Telibong Water Treatment Plant Extension Project (RM401.7 million).