KUCHING: The overall progress of the Pan Borneo Highway project is ahead of schedule, although work in some of the areas is facing a slight delay because of land acquisition issues.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof described the matter as minor, as the only area left affects the project stretch in Bintulu.
“On the whole, the progress of the Pan Borneo Highway project is satisfactory.
“Progress on some project packages are between 5% and 7% as they were only launched last December but some of the earlier packages have reached 50% completion.
“On average, the overall achievement is about 10%,” he told reporters at his Hari Raya open house at Petra Jaya here yesterday.
Among the stretches that previously experienced a delay because of land acquisition issues included the Serian roundabout to Pantu interchange, Batang Skrang to Sungai Awik, Mile 5 to Nyabau flyover in Bintulu and Bakun junction to Sungai Tangap.
The first phase Sarawak stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway project from Telok Melano, Sematan, to Sungai Tujuh, Miri, is divided into 11 packages.
He targeted for phase two of the project, covering Limbang and Lawas, to commence at the end of the year.
Several proposals of the highway alignment have been submitted to the technical committee for final approval.
The Petra Jaya MP added that Putrajaya will make a decision whether the Sarawak portion of the Pan Borneo Highway project would skip Brunei to avoid the hassle of numerous passport checks for motorists and commuters.