Saturday, October 19

Work starts at two bridges to complete coastal link

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Julaihi (front, second left), Abdullah (front, left) and Safiee (second right) inspect the Batang Lassa construction site.

DARO: Construction of two bridges in the coastal area, Batang Lassa Bridge and Batang Paloh Bridge, in Mukah Division has started with the completion of site preparation work.

When completed, the two bridges will complete the coastal road route.

Coastal Road Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi said construction of the Batang Lassa Bridge which will replace the Batang Lassa estuary ferry service from Daro to Pulau Bruit has started.

The 2.43 kilometre bridge is expected to be completed within 48 months at a cost of RM597.58 million and will benefit people using the coastal road, especially those in Daro.

“The implementation of this project proves that the Sarawak Government under the administration of the GPS government is trying to build the facilities needed by the people in the rural areas,” he said at the meeting in preparation for the project’s ground breaking ceremony at Daro District Office yesterday.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs Abdullah Saidol, Daro Assemblyman Safiee Ahmad, Mukah Division Deputy Resident Abdul Halim Abdullah and Daro District Officer Bujang Rahman Seli.

The ground breaking ceremony is expected to be officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on August 21.

Besides the ground breaking ceremony of Batang Lassa Bridge, the meeting also touched on the ground breaking ceremony for the Batang Paloh Bridge which is expected to be held next year.

The main contractor of Batang Lassa Bridge is Piasau Konkerit Sdn Bhd, while Hock Seng Lee Bhd will build the Batang Paloh Bridge.

The 1.7 km long Batang Paloh bridge will cost RM298.98 million and is expected to be completed by May 7, 2023. It will replace the ferry service from Serdeng to Pulau Bruit.

Meanwhile, Abdullah said the two contractors which were selected through open tender had started the preparation work two months ago the costs of construction of these two bridges are fully funded by the Sarawak Government.

Abdullah, who is also Semop,Assemblyman also informed that he had applied for an allocation to upgrade several roads in his area such as oil palm plantation road on Pulau Bruit and several roads to longhouses.

Upon completion of the meeting, Julaihi was accompanied by Abdullah and Safiee to visited the project site located about four kilometers from Daro town.