Dialogue on crop counting held in Bakun

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Village dwellers briefed on crop counting.

KUCHING: A dialogue session was conducted yesterday in Bakun with some 500 landowners from Sungai Asap on the procedures of crop counting and compensation exercise due to land acquisition.

The land acquisition has to be carried out to make way for the road upgrading work at Bakun Resettlement Scheme, which will eventually provide the villagers with a better road access to their farms.

Crop counting exercise will start in a fortnight after the dialogue session where it will take one to two months before compensation is made to the landowners.

Present at the dialogue session were Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chuk Pai Ugon, Upper Rajang Development Agency (Urda) director Joseph Belayong Punan and officers from relevant government agencies.

Divided into two sections, the road upgrading project, which is already into the preliminary stage of site clearing, involves upgrading work of 51km of single carriageway from the current gravel road and is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

The project was carried out under Urda, which is an agency under Regional Corridor Development Authority.

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