Hornbill Unleashed

May 23, 2017

Sarawak to fund LRT project

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg (in front) says the proposed public transport system will be an integrated one, with LRT as the core. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak state government said today it will finance the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project covering Kuching, Samarahan and Serian without direct funding from the federal government.

“The cost of the proposed LRT has not been finalised yet,” Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said in his winding up speech in the state legislative assembly today.

He said the full public transport system covering the three divisions will be an integrated one, with the LRT as the core and complemented by the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), taxis and cars.

He stressed that the key benefit of building a proper public transport system was lower cost of living, with affordable housing combined with cheap public transport.

“We will build communities around the stations of the LRT and BRT, with schools, food courts and commercial centres,” he said.

The chief minister said the LRT will be developed in stages to serve as triggers for the development and growth of Kuching and its surrounding areas.

In the long term, he said he could envisage Greater Kuching area to encompass not just Kota Samarahan and Padawan, but also Bako, Damai, Lundu, Bau, and Serian.

“The centre of that public transport system is the Kuching International Airport with connections to various parts of Kuching City itself,” he added.

Abang Johari said if the state government does not start building the LRT now, the land cost will increase in future.

“I am talking on the advice of my planners who have been working on this since early this year and also based on the study that has been done by experts from Hong Kong and Singapore on the construction of the public transport system,” he said.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by SULOK TAWIE


 

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2 Comments »

  1. Sarawak government may have the money to fund the LRT connecting Serian to Kuching, Samarahan and Damai which is expected to cost RM20 billion but should the LRT mega project prioritize over other unfulfilled BN promises over the last 30 years? Is the state government willing to charge a low fares to attract more commuters?

    Comment by Irene Kana — May 23, 2017 @ 12:57 PM | Reply

    • After 53 years of Umno Baru controlled BN government 20% of all the divisions are still not connected with electricity and didn’t have clean water. Why talk about LRT? Why can’t the government start with EPT, efficient public transport and good roads. Many of the roads outside 3 kilometres radius of Kuching city are in deplorable conditions and not befitting the City status. Look at the road surface in the city centre from Central padang to Jalan Haji Taha and to Padungan.

      Comment by Mat Som — May 24, 2017 @ 3:19 PM | Reply


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