Ismawi during dialogue session. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

MIRI: The second phase of the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak stretching from Miri to Lawas has been renamed the Northern Coastal Highway.

Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) chief executive officer Datuk Ismawi Ismuni said the project was taken up by the state government and will be implemented by Recoda and Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA).

“This is our newest project. We thank the chief minister for appointing Recoda and NRDA as its implementing agency and the project will be funded by the state government,” he said.

He said that when briefing Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) delegates on development projects in Sarawak at PBB mini convention in Miri today (Sept 5).

Ismawi said the Northern Coastal Highway will complete the first phase of the Pan Borneo Highway with the road link now stretching from Telok Melano in Lundu to Merapok in Lawas.

“Presently, we are still in the planning stage of the project and the State Planning Authority (SPA) has approved this alignment and it will take 48 months to complete. Its completion is expected by 2025,” he said.

On the development of roads leading to rural areas in the northern region of Sarawak, Ismawi said the various projects are ongoing under the Highland Development Agency (HDA).
“When I was asked to brief the chief minister on the development in the area, I told him that technically we don’t have roads leading to the interior as we only have logging roads. So, we need to build more roads in the area,” he said, adding that besides the construction of roads, the infrastructure projects under HDA involves water supply project through the Sarawak Alternative Water Supply (Sawas) programme.

“Sixteen of these projects are now in the construction stage using the RM1.5 billion given to the development agency,” he said.