Development not due to opposition: Ting

26 02 2008

Posted By rajlira On 26th February 2008 @ 10:00 In Local

MIRI: The opposition is barking up the wrong tree as infrastructural development in Miri is not attributed to the noise they made.

Global Upline Sdn Bhd advisor Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing said this when dismissing the claim by Democratic Action Party (DAP) in a press conference held yesterday afternoon.

The various improvements brought about are for the sake of the development of Miri and to let the people know that the government under Barisan Nasional (BN) is functioning.

“All are for the benefit of the people and Miri,” he said, adding that most projects carried out such as the two flyovers were on deferred payment.

The proposed RM100 billion Asian Highway from Miri Airport to Brunei is also part of the government effort to extend urban areas to the outskirts. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had approved the project in September 2006.

On the upgrading of Miri-Lutong Road between Pujut Intersection and Pujut 7 in Miri division, Ting said they have to study the soil and the design before handing over the plan to the relevant authorities so they could start the project.

Apart from that, there is a need to do alignment of the gas pipes and other utilities, water and cables, Ting said.

“This is not an easy task. I have to exhaust all efforts and resources to ensure that all these were done properly. So this is not a cheap propaganda to garner votes,” he added.

On the improvement and upgrading of Miri-Lutong Road up to Pujut 7, Ting revealed that the road would be three-lane in each direction. The project was approved by Minister of Works Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu on Oct 5 last year.

It includes improvement of the existing Pujut 4 roundabout to a T-interchange with a right-hand turn. Another improvement is the conversion of the existing Pujut 7 roundabout into a signalised intersection.

The total length of the road upgrading from two-lane to three-lane in each direction of Pujut-Lutong Road is about 32 km, he revealed adding that the cost is around RM36.4 million to construct.

“By doing so, we have to close GK roundabout and make a junction to Piasau for those living in the area to go in and out. They have to use this junction which is to be enlarged to three-lane from the flyover,” he added.

Many motorists are against the closure of the roundabout but Ting said it was needed to smoothen traffic flow in the area. Global Upline is expected to implement the project soon after studies on soil structure and design are approved by the relevant authority.

Present at the press conference were incumbent for Miri constituency Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Lee Kim Shin, Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia, Miri Mayor Datuk Wee Han Wen and Chin’s political secretary Sebastian Ting.


Article printed from The Borneo Post Online: http://www.theborneopost.com

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