Coastal road connectivity projects will link up 36 per cent of the state’s population residing in the area.
Aidel Lariwoo (BN-Sadong Jaya) said the coastal road, which stretches from Sematan to Miri, would cover a distance of 916km and would have seven bridges in total.
“I would like to reemphasise on the importance and need to complete the coastal road programmes. Expanding road networks and bridges across rivers will definitely open up Sarawak and change the fortunes of many people,” Aidel told the august House when debating the State Budget 2017 yesterday.
He added that building coastal roads would also lead to the opening up of idle land and allow efficient mobility of the people and goods, which would further spur economic growth in coastal areas.
Aidel pointed out that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem in his budget speech had allocated RM100 million to start the implementation of coastal roads projects.
He said the RM100 million would be an initial fund to finance the preliminary investigation and survey works for all the remaining bridges — Batang Saribas, Batang Krian, Batang Paloh and Batang Lassa — which have yet to be approved under the Malaysia Plan, with just the Batang Sadong bridge completed.
Aidel pointed out that since the completion of the Batang Sadong bridge, linking Sebuyau to Sadong Jaya, more business opportunities and development had benefitted thousands of rural residents.
“If in the hinterland, we have the Pan Borneo Highway, people in the coastal belt would also enjoy the same kind of facilities with the implementation of the coastal road connectivity project.
“The people along the coastline would enjoy good connectivity and these are the people who I believe, for more than a decade, have devoted their loyalty to the Barisan Nasional (BN) government,” he said.
Source : The Borneo Post Online