PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Monday witnessed the signing of the project delivery partner (PDP) agreement for the management and construction of the 706km Pan Borneo Sabah Highway.
Also present at the signing ceremony involving three parties, namely the federal government, Sabah state government and the PDP, were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.
According to a statement issued by the Works Ministry, the Pan Borneo Sabah Highway project would change the state’s infrastructural landscape and provide a more efficient, comfortable and safer linkage for several major towns in the state and its 3.74 population.
The highway, starting from Sindumin to Tawau, is also seen as a strategic route for road users.
“The Pan Borneo Sabah Highway project is an upgrading of the existing passageway as well as the construction of new roads to link the towns involved. The highway will impose no toll,” the statement said.
The agreement was signed by Works Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Zohari Akob, Sabah state secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman and Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd managing director, Ir Shahelmey Yahya.
Borneo Highway PDP Sdn Bhd had been appointed as the PDP to implement the Pan Borneo Sabah Highway project.
The statement said the PDP would act as the single point of accountability and would be responsible for managing and overseeing the first phase development of the project at a reasonable cost.
Based on the construction period that had been agreed upon by the government, this highway is expected to be ready by Dec 31, 2021.
“During the implementation period, the PDP will be responsible for implementing the project based on the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that had been agreed on,” the statement said.