SPAOH: The Bebuling Short Take-off and Landing Airport or Bebuling STOLport project is a step closer to implementation.
The RM108 mln project is one of the two new airports in the state, apart from the RM173.5 mln Bukit Mabong airport in Baleh, Kapit.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to perform its earth-breaking ceremony at the project site on Nov 30.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on Wednesday (Nov 24) paid a visit to the site, accompanied by Layar incumbent Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu; Dr Richard Rapu, a political secretary to the Chief Minister, and Betong Division Resident Richard Abunawas.
Divisional Public Works Department engineer Chiresly Francis Kureng was also present.
A local company, D.A.L Keluarga Realty Cara Raya JV Sdn Bhd, has been awarded the contract, and the project is currently in the site clearing stage. It is scheduled to be completed on Sept 16, 2023.
According to Uggah, the airport was part of the state government’s initiatives in making the state a net food and food producer by 2030, adding that Spaoh was part of the greater Betong Food Basket area.
“The state government had identified the Bebuling area comprising 250 hectares for the implementation of one of the six agro parks in the state that will be helmed by precision or smart farming.
“The Bebuling STOLport is to cater to the immediate transportation of our agricultural products to the markets.”