Highland Development Agency to provide better roads in Miri Division

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Photo shows earthwork and slope cutting at Long Banga junction.

KUCHING: Miri, Marudi, Telang Usan, and Beluru districts will have better road connectivity once 12 projects under the Highland Development Agency (HDA) are completed in the next two years.

In a Facebook post, the Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) said the 12 road projects are currently under construction.

“Construction of these road projects, which started only this year, have so far seen positive progress despite a few months’ delay due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), where most of the sites are seeing site clearing, earthworks, and drainage works taking place.

“Among these projects are improvement of existing access road to Daleh Long Peluta, Long Miri, and Uma Bawang; improvement and construction of roads within Long Lama and Long Bedian; improvement of access road from main logging road to Long Semiang; and improvement of existing road from Long Banga Junction to Pa Dalih,” said Recoda.

The authority said eight other road projects are still at the design stage, while another seven are at the tender stage.

Recoda added feasibility studies are being carried out for 20 water supply projects,
while for power supply, one project is still at the design stage and another is at the tender stage.

“All these projects with a cost of RM1.5 billion are under the purview of the Highland Development Agency (HDA) and, once completed, will ease connectivity and bring economic activities to the area,” said Recoda.

HDA is one of the development agencies established by the Sarawak government under Recoda to expand the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) area into the interior and rural parts of the state.

The HDA area covers approximately 18,463 square km with an estimated population of 100,000.