MIRI: An RM18 million access road fringing the runway of Miri Airport will be built by developer and landowner Kumpulan Parabena Sdn Bhd together with several other infrastructures to turn the southern sector of Miri into a throbbing hub.This much-awaited road will ease congestion during peak hours in Taman Tunku and surrounding residential areas, slashing off travelling time and distance for the public.
Coming up is relocated Chinese primary school, SJKC Chiaw Nan from Lubok Nibong, Marudi to Taman Jelita Phase II, expected to ready for the first intake by 2012, while Parabena is also mulling the proposal for a university campus, polyclinic and other infrastructures in this strategic location.
Announcing this yesterday, managing director Datuk Raziah Mahmud said this 5-kilometre access road will link Taman Jelita to Miri-Bintulu road, easing congestion of the present route in Taman Tunku.
The government has already approved the proposed road linkage, and work is expected to start by the first half of this year.
Both Taman Tunku, Taman Jelita and other surrounding housing estates have a burgeoning population of 35,000, and Raziah said it could increase to 50,000 within the next five to 10 years.
Parabena, which owns nearly 2,000 acres of land on the left side of the runway, has developed 900 acres since it started 27 years ago with the development of Taman Tunku township.
Taman Tunku is designed for 3,500 houses and the second phase undertaken by Rich Venture Construction Sdn Bhd will build 750 units under the RV Housing estate.
Raziah pointed out that Parabena is looking forward to another school, university or college and medical facilities in this sprawling residential area in Miri due to the rising population and demand from surrounding areas.
“We are open to either private or public university campus and healthcare facilities such as clinics,” she said.
There are currently two secondary schools and a primary school in the township, and Parabena is willing to discuss with interested parties the setting up of tertiary education institutions in this growing township.
The introduction of the new link road from Miri-Bintulu road fringing the airport runway will open up the southern sector of this township to the city centre, and sources said there are plans to connect it to the coastal road and Airport Road.
It also eliminates the hassle of going through residential roads in Taman Tunku to reach SMK Taman Tunku.