Works Ministry seeks RM1bil allocation for Pan Borneo Highway upgrade, says Nanta

Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

KUCHING: The Works Ministry will request an allocation of around RM1 billion to maintain and upgrade the 'redline' alignment along the Pan Borneo Highway (LPB) project in Sarawak, says its Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said the redline refers to the existing original routes built before the construction of the highway, and needs to be upgraded to meet the standards of the mega project.

"This redline involves a 140km-stretch. But it (redline) was not built as part of the highway, so now (the road) is damaged. We need to upgrade the stretch to the highway's standards. Now we at the ministry are trying to find out how to apply for financing so that we can maintain and upgrade the route,” he said.

He said this when met by reporters at the Gawai Day open house at the Borneo Kuching Convention Centre (BCCK) here on Saturday (June 1)

In April, Nanta said that the redline alignment involving federal and state roads in Sarawak will be redesigned and upgraded to meet the standards of the Pan Borneo Highway project.

It involves areas of Kuching, Serian, Sibu, Bintulu, Julau and Miri. - Bernama

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