KUALA TERENGGANU: Work on the Kuala Terengganu Bypass could be stalled due to reluctant settlers on plots of land where the highway is to be built.
Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir said the RM167mil project, which began construction in July 2016, is about 70% complete.
"The project has run into a few obstacles, among them is reimbursing settlers on plots where the bypass will be built," he said at a press conference at the construction site on Thursday (July 19).
He said there are ongoing negotiations with settlers on 21 lots of land.
"We believe they understand the need for the bypass but they need to be further convinced of its benefits," he said.
Mohd Anuar said the project could meet its deadline if these obstacles can be solved.
He said if they run into delays, the project would only be completed by July next year, as opposed to the original deadline in January.
However, he said the Government is trying its best to keep the project on schedule as further delays could lead to wastage and affect other projects.
The Kuala Terengganu Bypass, which is about six kilometres long, will ease traffic flow into the Kuala Terengganu city centre and is also the main component in the development of the new Bukit Besar township.
Separately, Mohd Anuar said the Federal Government would conduct further studies on other projects planned under the former Barisan Nasional government such as the third phase of the East Coast Expressway (LPT3).
"We will review all projects that are either planned or not completed but we will continue with those that are deemed critical and necessary," he said.