KEMENTERIAN KERJA RAYA USAHA DAPATKAN PEMBIAYAAN UNTUK BANGUNKAN PRASARANA SARAWAK

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KUALA LUMPUR, 31 Mei (Bernama) -- Kementerian Kerja Raya akan berusaha

mendapatkan pembiayaan daripada kerajaan pusat untuk membangunkan prasarana

Sarawak terutamanya hubungan pengangkutan darat di kawasan muka bumi berbukit di

Belaga dan Kapit.

Menterinya, Datuk Fadillah Yusof berkata bajet itu, yang mungkin daripada

Rancangan Malaysia ke-11, akan digunakan untuk menyambungkan bahagian ini kepada

pusat utama seperti Bintulu dan mengurangkan kebergantungan masyarakat di sana

terhadap pengangkutan air.

Fadillah berkata kos pembangunan jalan raya untuk bahagian ini akan mencecah

sehingga RM300 juta atau lebih.

Pada masa ini, kedua-dua kawasan itu dihubungkan oleh jalan yang tidak

disenggarakan dan digunakan oleh lori balak.

"Kawasan Kapit dan Belaga merupakan salah satu kawasan yang paling mencabar

oleh kerana bentuk muka buminya yang berbukit dan mempunyai sungai yang besar.

"Sekarang, kawasan Kanowit, yang tidak jauh daripada Kapit, sudah pun

dihubungkan dengan Sibu," katanya kepada Bernama dalam satu wawancara hari ini.

Beliau berkata Kementerian Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah dan Angkatan

Tentera Malaysia, di bawah program "Jiwa Murni", telah bekerjasama untuk

membangunkan kawasan Belaga dan Sungai Asap.

"Pada masa ini, jalan yang menghubungkan dua kawasan itu adalah jalan-jalan

balak yang tidak diselenggarakan dengan baik," katanya.

Apabila semua perancangan dilaksanakan, beliau berkata, jaringan jalan raya

sepanjang Belaga ke Sibu akan menjadi realiti.

Dalam pembentangan Belanjawan 2013, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun

Razak berkata kawasan luar bandar akan terus dibangunkan untuk mengurangkan

jurang perbezaan kawasan bandar dan luar bandar, di mana sebanyak RM4.5 bilion

telah diperuntukkan ke arah pelbagai projek pembangunan prasarana luar bandar.

Beberapa projek termasuk memberikan RM1.2 bilion untuk membangunkan jalan

luar bandar 441 kilometer dan projek jalan menghubungkan kampung, RM1.6 bilion

untuk projek prasarana utiliti luar bandar yang melibatkan bekalan air dan

tenaga elektrik dan RM100 juta untuk membekalkan 40,000 tangki air untuk

pengumpulan air hujan, terutamanya di pedalaman Sabah dan Sarawak.

-- BERNAMA

FBP FAU MR NHZ

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