Over RM1.2bil allocated for rural roads, says Mahdzir


KENINGAU: The Rural Development Ministry (KPLB) has allocated over RM1.2bil for the Rural Road Programme nationwide in efforts to supply a greater rural-to-urban street community system, says its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pic).

He mentioned the programme was carried out in step with the Rural Development Policy to broaden and enhance the community of street methods in rural areas.

“The programme goals to increase 100% fundamental infrastructure protection in villages in Peninsular Malaysia and 80% in villages in Sabah and Sarawak.

“For this objective, this yr alone greater than RM306mil has been allocated for the event of rural roads for Sabah and greater than RM221mil for Sarawak,” he mentioned.

He advised reporters this after inspecting the Jalan Rancangan Belia Tiulon – Kampung Simbuan street improve mission in Sook, close to right here on Saturday (Sept 24).

Also current have been Deputy Works Minister Datuk Arthur Kurup and KPLB Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad.

Mahdzir mentioned the street improve mission had been accepted below the Second Rolling Plan of the twelfth Malaysia Plan this yr at a value of RM152mil.

“This mission entails upgrading a 20-kilometre street with a paved width of 6.5m in line with JKR R2 requirements and the implementing company is Sabah JKR.

“This stretch of street can even join the villagers to Sook city and Keningau city in addition to hook up with 13 villages, three faculties, clinics, homes of worship with an estimated whole of two,000 individuals to profit from it,” he mentioned.

Mahdzir mentioned the tender course of for the upgrading mission was anticipated to be carried out on the finish of this month and building work is anticipated to begin within the first quarter of subsequent yr.

“This mission will profit individuals within the surrounding villages to move crops and supply journey services for the villagers,” he added. – Bernama

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