MORE than RM500mil a year is needed to install streetlights along highways nationwide, said Deputy Works Minister Datuk Mohd Khaled Nordin.
The cost to maintain these streetlights is expected to reach RM4.64mil a year, he said.
The Government has plans to install streetlights along the whole stretch of the North-South Expressway but the cost to be incurred is too high, he said to a question from Senator Tan Cheng Tee in the Dewan Negara.
He said that under the Eighth Malaysia Plan, the Government had set aside RM108mil for various road safety programmes in the country.
The allocation covered the installation of streetlights at accident-prone stretches, he said.
To Senator Sinniah Rajus question on the increase in water tariffs in Johor, Mohd Khaled said the recent 30% increase was decided by the state government. Bernama