New Batan Lassa river bridge to be 2nd longest in Sarawak

DARO, 17 July 2017: 

The Sarawak state government will build another bridge to complement the state’s coastal road network  that links places like Pulau Bruit, Semop, Daro and Matu as well as the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the bridge across the Batan Lassa river – measuring between 2.5km and 3km – would be the second longest bridge in Sarawak after the Batang Lupar Bridge, and is expected to be built within the next three years.

He said a committee under the State Planning Unit would be established soon to draft the project the bridge that would connect three state constituencies namely Semop, Daro and Jemoreng.

The state government would also study the financial resources needed to build the bridge and believed that the project could boost the economic development of the coastal areas.

“I have approved several bridges to be constructed despite the substantial costs,” he said after launching the new Daro district office building yesterday.

​​​​​The two-storey district office, costing RM3,320,244t, houses the State Treasury Department, a court and offices of community chiefs.

He added that despite the high cost of building new bridges, the state government still had to do this  to give access to the rural population.

Abang Johari also announced that the state government had approved a RM5 million allocation to build a bigger new mosque in the Daro District to replace the existing one.

– Bernama

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