Batang Lupar waterfront project progressing well

Harden (left) inspects the waterfront project with the contractor.

KUCHING: Works on the Batang Lupar waterfront project in Sri Aman is progressing well despite being slightly delayed due to the movement restriction order imposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The construction is behind the schedule, but we are optimistic that the contractor will do his best to meet the extension of time (EOT) that has been given,” said Assistant Minister of Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.

Harden noted that the implementation of movement control order (MCO) had greatly affected the construction industry as foreign workers were not allowed to enter the state.

“We expect and hope that all parties involved in the project work together to find a solution to the problem,” he added.

Harden, who is also Simanggang assemblyman, was briefed by the contractor about the progress of the project at Sri Aman District Council (MDSA) meeting room on Wednesday.

The waterfront project was approved by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during the Benak Festival a few years ago.

“The project costing RM12 million will boost the local tourism industry and increase income of traders and tour operators,” Harden said.

Harden later toured the project site and expressed satisfaction with the work progress, taking into account the complication faced by the contractor.

According to the contractor Mexajati Sdn Bhd, as of January, 65 percent of the project has been completed.

To tackle the shortage of workforce, the contractor has roped in 20 workers from Spaoh to speed up the construction.