Kuching not coping with rise in vehicles

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Kuching not coping with rise in vehicles

Postby admin » Fri May 16, 2008 2:34 am

KUCHING: The city’s main roads are unable to cope with the sharp increase in the number of motor vehicles.

State Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said the number of vehicles jumped by 6.2% per annum against a yearly population growth of 3.3% in the city in the past decade.

“In Kuching, the population is 500,000 and there are 600,000 vehicles,” he told Tan Joo Phoi (BN - Batu Kawa) during question time.

Wong said the fast vehicle growth led to a worsening traffic situation, adding that road infrastructure in some areas was insufficient to cope with heavy traffic flow.

He said that officials from his ministry and relevant departments met regularly to find ways to address the traffic woes and smoothen traffic flow.

Wong said the state had carried out four studies aimed at improving the city road system and planning road network development.

Many of the recommendations of the studies, he said, had been implemented.

State Public Utilities Minister Datuk Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said some 170,000 Sarawakians living in the interior were unable to receive or had poor reception of RTM1, RTM2 and FM RTM broadcasts.

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