No plans yet to widen roads in four kampungs which have no road reserves
THE government has no plans to upgrade or widen the roads at Kampung Lintang, Kampung Masjid, Kampung Pulat, and Kampung Baru because those places have no road reserves.
Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said if roads in those four villages were to be widened beyond the road reserve and encroaching into private property, the Dalat and Mukah District Council ( MDDM) would need to discuss the matter with the villagers for their agreement and cooperation to widen the roads without compensation.
“However, Public Works Department (JKR) has plans to widen roads in Kampung Jembungan and Kampung Suyong next year, from 4.3m to 5m for 2.2km at a cost of RM1.85 million,” he said in his reply to Abdul Yakub Arbi ( BN-Balingian).
Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Water Supply Datuk Liwan Lagang told Martin Ben ( BNB-Kedup) that the treated water supply to villages along Jalan Mentung Marau and Jalan Mongkos was in the final process of appointing a contractor.
“The acceptance letter is expected to be issued this month by the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development,” he said, adding that the scope would include pipe-laying for 150km, building of booster pump stations and water tanks.
The cost is estimated at RM100 million and for a duration of 24 months. It would benefit 20,831 people from 3,469 families in 48 villages, and 18 schools including boarding schools, which are currently dependent on rainwater and gravity feed water supply.