RM44mil set aside for road upgrades in Masai, Batu Pahat and Mersing

PASIR GUDANG: Johor government has approved an allocation of RM44mil to build and upgrade roads in three locations.

State public works, infrastructure and transportation committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said among the projects was the RM25mil missing link road in Masai.

“The upgrade involves widening about 820m linking a five-kilometre stretch of road between Pasir Gudang and Kong Kong here. The new road will have four lanes compared to the existing two lanes.

“This will surely help facilitate the growth of Iskandar Halal Park and help to attract new investors,” he said.

Mohd Solihan, who is Tenang assemblyman, said this during a press conference after a working visit to the park here.

He disclosed that the government was in the project’s final stages of build and design, and upgrading work would begin as soon as possible.

He said the other two projects were upgrading of Jalan Nitar-Sekakap in Mersing worth RM13mil and the junction of Jalan Tan Swee Hoe and Jalan Parit Besar in Batu Pahat worth RM6mil.

On another matter, he said Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) would be requesting an allocation from the Federal Government under the 12th Malaysian Plan (RMK12) for another road project.

Mohd Solihan said the requested amount of RM200mil was to build a new inner circle linking Taman Impian Emas in Skudai to Kota Masai.

He elaborated that the project involved a 15km-long four-lane dual carriageway which would connect several industrial areas and open up new developments.

“The state government will be assisting Irda in making the application to the Federal Government under RMK12,” he said.

He added that he hoped the project would get an initial funding of RM10mil to kick-start it next year.

Mohd Solihan said the state was hopeful that their request for the funds would be approved as it would ensure the state’s development.

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