KUCHING: Sarawak will build some 220km of new road to link to the sites of four major hydroelectric dam projects earmarked for development.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said the Federal Government had approved these road projects within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy (SCORE).
''These proposed road projects will provide access to the dam sites to enable the hydroelectric power to be tapped and transmitted to the country,'' he told the state assembly on Wednesday.
Jabu, also state Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister, said the four proposed dams were Murum (900MW) and Baleh (1,400MW) in Kapit Division, Baram (1,000MW) and Limbang (capacity not stated) in northern Sarawak.
He said the proposed 62km access road project to the Murum dam site had been given priority as the proposed dam was targeted to be operational in 2013.
Tenders for the Murum dam project will be called shortly.
Jabu said the proposed access road to the Baram dam site would be 64km long while that of Baleh and Limbang dam sites 73km and 19km respectively.
He said the Federal Government had also approved the construction of a proposed 151km access road to Ng Merit coal mine area in Kapit Division.
''The proposed road would provide a transportation line to enable the coal extracted to be transported out via Tatau/Sangan Road or via river through Batsang Tulie, Kapit.''
He said another 64km road would be built in Kapit Division to enable the development of a proposed rural growth centre.
''The implementation of these six road projects would also form a road network linking many longhouses and village settlements, schools and clinics in the interior areas,'' he added.
Jabu said the completion of these roads would enable land to be opened up for development to improve the livelihood of the local villagers.
He said the proposed implementation of several bridge projects in the coastal areas would be delayed to allow more funds to be channelled to the road projects.
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