New route will spur devt activities: CM
Published on: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Motorists travelling between Penampang and Inanam have an alternative road with the official opening of the 2.7km Nounton-Bukit Padang carriageway, Tuesday. 

The RM13.545 million road, which starts from Kg Madpai near Bukit Padang and ends at Taman Nelly in Kolombong connects to two other roads leading to Kolombong light industrial area and Inanam town.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal when launching the road said it would not only help ease congestion along the main roads and shorten travelling time but also spur development activities along the stretch. 

“I believe the area where this road passes through is going to see more development activities in the near future. It will not only help to ease congestion along the main roads and shorten up travelling time, but will definitely bring in development into the area as well,” he said. 

Having a good infrastructure like road will also help boost the people’s wellbeing, he said, adding the State Government will strive to provide more infrastructure for the benefit of the people, especially in rural areas. 

Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony, who was present, said the State Government has approved an allocation of RM28 million to his Ministry’s road programme for building as well as upgrading State roads. 

He said an estimated RM140 million had been approved for road programme under the 11th Malaysia Plan, which will involve 94 road projects with combined total length of 108km. 

“Road infrastructure development is important to ensure the people has access to basic amenities, increasing the productivity level and improving delivery services. 

“The road construction as well as upgrading will definitely provide comfort to the road users and thus give a double effects to the various economic development programmes of people in the locality,” he said. 

State Speaker Datuk Seri Syed Abas Syed Ali, Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Christina Liew, and State Public Work Department Director Richard Jomiji, among others, were also present. – LR


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