Hornbill Unleashed

July 5, 2017

Sarawak targets complete road network by 2030

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Sarawak has set a target of a complete road network by 2030 for the state to be fully connected, via the Pan Borneo Highway project. — wiki picSarawak has set a target of a complete road network by 2030 for the state to be fully connected, via the Pan Borneo Highway project, to spur further new development along the highway, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said this vital road connectivity would attract more investors participating in various development projects and help to further drive economic activities for the state.

“We will expect a hive of economic activities that will thrive, and that will be necessarily and amply supported by infrastructure and utility projects, such as electrical power supply and water distribution works,” he said when officiating at the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) Roadshow 2017 here today.

To enhance Sarawak’s development status, he said, the state government embarked on several important plans, including the implementation and commissioning of more power plants, dams, port expansion, an LRT (Light Rail Transit) line as well as projects under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score).

“The Score can potentially be extended to other parts of Sarawak especially the major urban centres,” he said adding that many foreign investors had relocated their manufacturing plants to Sarawak.

On the roadshow, Abang Johari Tun Openg said there are broadly four sectors which critically required the services of engineering team — improvement in connectivity by constructing more roads and bridges; extending the coverage of water supply especially to the rural population; the development of industrial estates; and the provision of affordable housing for the people.

He said Sarawak should also optimise its energy and natural resources for economic development and industrialisation and cited the Bakun dam as a good example of a commercially viable project.

“We are currently committed to invest RM1 billion to start with to ensure that our ICT infrastructure is fit enough to support new digital industries, commerce and investment that we expect to attract to come to Sarawak,” he said.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


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