KUALA LUMPUR – The construction of the 1,090km Pan Borneo Highway in Sarawak is expected to be completed in eight years and be fully operational in early 2023.
Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the project was divided into two phases. The construction of the first phase, which covers Telok Melano-Sematan-Kuching-Serian-Sibu-Bintulu-Miri, began on March 31.
She said the initial construction involved a 43km route from the Jalan Nyabau intersection to the Jalan Bakun intersection, with a total contract value of RM638 million.
“The second phase involves a 33km route from Telok Melano to Sematan, launched on Sept 1 at a contract value of RM580 million.
“Other segments of the first phase will be implemented in stages beginning next year,” she said in reply to a question from Wong Ling Biu (DAP-Sarikei) in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Wong had wanted to know the progress of the construction works of the highway.
The second phase involving the route in Limbang and Lawas, was expected to commence in 2018, said Rosnah.
She said the compensation for the land acquired and houses and crops affected by the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak was estimated at RM800 million and it would be borne by the federal government.
“The process of land acquisition and compensation assessment will be made by the state government through the Department of Land and Survey,” she said.- BERNAMA