Dr Abdul Rahman (right) visits the site of a new bridge at Kampung Buntal.

KUCHING: Construction works will begin this month on three concrete bridges to link villages in the Pantai Damai constituency.

Utilities Assistant Minister (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said two of the bridges would be built in Kampung Buntal while the other at Kampung Rampangi Skim.

He said the projects, costing a total of RM1.8 million, had been approved by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg under the Projek Rakyat initiative.

“Thank you to our chief minister for approving the projects,” he said when visiting the project sites of the three bridges recently.

Dr Abdul Rahman said the projects would be completed by the first quarter of next year to replace the current dilapidated wooden bridges.

“This bridge is also important to connect the village dwellers especially fishermen who want to perform their daily task such as delivering their catch,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also visited the Esplanade Buntal facilities which will be upgraded to improve its tourism attraction.

“This esplanade has been a popular tourism location, visited by both local and foreign tourists because of its natural beauty. Its position which is facing the sea and being surrounded by mangroves adds more to the scenery,” he said.

Dr Abdul Rahman said Kampung Buntal was also a roosting location for migrating birds from the northern hemisphere at the end of the year.

He was accompanied during the visit by Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) director Dr Morshidi Ahmad.