Sarawak builds RM20mil bridge to nowhere, needs another RM50mil to connect somewhere

The Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR) had proposed the construction of the RM20.43 million Batang Strap Bridge in Sri Aman Sarawak, forgetting a link road to nearby villages, according to the Auditor-General Report 2011.

The result – a 182.4 metre concrete bridge that connects the nearby town Pekan Pantu to shrubs on the other side of the river.

“An audit survey on Dec 17, 2011 of the project site at Pantu, Sri Aman found that the concrete bridge project worth RM20.43 million could not fully stimulate the local economy after completion as the 10km road across the river to link the long houses and schools there had not been built,” the report reads.

Without the 10km road, it adds, some 23 long houses with a population of 3,000 and four schools have no access to the bridge and beyond to Pekan Pantu.

In a March 7 reply, the department said it will propose the construction of the road, estimated to cost RM50 million in the third rolling plan under the Tenth Malaysian Plan.

“As a temporary measure, JKR proposed to construct a 500m dirt road to connect to the logging road to the Batang Strap bridge at an estimated cost of RM500,000,” it said.

This was among several projects under a special RM1 billion allocation from the federal government for road upgrades and construction in Sarawak.

An audit at the federal level had rated the 175 projects as “less than satisfactory” due to delays and poor quality .

– Malaysiakini

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Sarawak builds RM20mil bridge to nowhere
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