RM1.12 billion budgeted for infrastructure development in 2023

The file photo shows the progress of the construction of a bridge.

KUCHING (21 November): The Sarawak government has budgeted RM1.12 billion to step up infrastructure development across the state next year, Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has said .

In tabling the 2023 Sarawak budget, he said the allocation would be for major projects including Kuching, Sibu and Limbang.

He listed major projects as (1) design and construction of Inner Ring Road, Kuching; (2) construction of a road from Sibu Jaya to Kong Yit Khim Road, Sibu; (3) Jalan Pakan/Ulu Kota, Pakan, Sarikei (Phase 3) and replacement of seven temporary bridges from Phase 1 with permanent bridges; (4) Upgrading of Jalan Oya, Sibu; (5) Emergency works for damaged public infrastructure; (6) Sungai Limbang Bridge, Sungai Bunut No. 2, and connecting roads, Limbang; (7) Rural Bridge Transformation Program; and (8) vehicle park and associated facilities at the Port of Senari.

“Additionally, the construction of several major infrastructure projects costing billions of ringgits are being implemented and financed under the Alternative Financing Initiatives such as Coastal Road Network, Second Main Road, Bukit Mabong Airport and Kuching’s urban transport system,” he said in his report. Budget speech today.

Abang Johari said the state government aspires to achieve 100% coverage for water and electricity supply by 2030.

To this end, he said RM26 million will be allocated for electricity supply projects next year.

The projects are (1) RM12 million for the replacement of the battery and key components of the stand-alone solar system; (2) RM8 million for the supply of electricity to schools which have yet to be connected from public grids; (3) RM4 million for Late Applicant Supplementary Funds (ALAF); and (4) RM2 million for the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) to the Sarawak Power Grid.

He added that there are ongoing electricity supply projects undertaken by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) on behalf of the state government funded under alternative financing.

He announced that RM125 million will be allocated for the implementation of water supply projects.

The projects are (1) Serian Regional Water Supply Phase II; (2) Betong raw water supply; (3) construction of a sludge treatment system for the Batu Kitang plant; (4) construction of phase III of the Salim plant, Sibu; (5) construction of Plant No. 5 at Landeh and storage tank at Bukit Sipaya, Kuching; (6) Rehabilitation of Factory No. 1 at Batu Kitang, Kuching; (7) Construction of Bukit Panchor Storage Water Reservoir, Serian; (8) extension of the pipeline from Old Ulu Oya to Sibu West; and (9) construction of the Sibu West storage reservoir.

Apart from these projects, he said the Sarawak Water Supply Scheme for Troubled Areas funded by the Alternative Finance Initiative will continue to be scaled up.

He added that RM900 million will be made available next year to implement eight projects.

The projects are (1) 100 million liter mid-level reservoirs and nine million liter upper level reservoirs at the Matang Water Treatment Plant; (2) main transmission line across Batang Sadong Bridge to Simunjan, pipeline replacement, relocation and extension at Sebangan and Sebuyau, and associated works; (3) upgrading of the Bayong water treatment plant; (4) Pulau Bruit water supply; (5) expansion and improvement of the Kapit water treatment plant; (6) Kanowit Water Supply Phase II; (7) Tinjar water supply; and (8) Sarawak (Sawas) Alternative Water Supply Phase 2.






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