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‘RM180 mln to upgrade road in Kpg Kupang’
Posted on : 19 Apr 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post Online

‘RM180 mln to upgrade road in Kpg Kupang’

April 19, 2018, Thursday


SARATOK: The government has allocated RM180 million to upgrade a road at Kampung Kupang in Saratok and build a bridge across Krian river.

Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi, who disclosed this, said RM90 million of the amount would be used to upgrade a stretch of road from Kampung Kupang to the Bajau road junction, covering a distance of about 20 kilometres.

“The remaining RM90 million is for the construction of a 300-metre bridge across Krian river linking to Saratok town,” he said.

He said the project was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on May 2, 2016 when the latter was at Saratok bazaar.

“The project under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development is currently under the planning and design stage.

“The overall project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 for the benefit of over 1,000 villagers of Kampung Kupang, including people from 11 longhouses,” he said.

Julaihi told this to reporters after inspecting the project site and meeting the people at Kampung Kupang hall yesterday afternoon.

On the stretch to be upgraded, he said it is part of the road that connects Kampung Kupang to the various villages in Saratok area, leading to Saratok town and the Pan-Borneo Highway.

“Several access roads to various longhouses and Kampung Kupang will also be upgraded,” he said.

He said the RM180-million project would be the catalyst for greater socio-economic activities in areas along the coastal route in Betong Division.

Also present at the function were Kalaka assemblyman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, Kabong assemblyman Mohd Chee Kadir, Betong Resident Friday Belik, Saratok district officer Mohd Ikhmal Abdullah and Betong JKR divisional engineer Mehan Jorai.