The Federal Government has allocated RM1.03 billion for the development of a road linking the city to the proposed site of the Baram hydro-electric project.
Baram Member of Parliament Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan (pic) said the allocation would be disbursed in stages, with the first involving RM150 million for the upgrade of a 40km road between the Beluru and Lapok bazaars in the Baram district.
He said, tender for the Beluru-Lapok road upgrading works closed last week, adding that the main work was expected to begin this year.
Speaking during a recent visit to Long Aton — one of the settlements in Baram district — he said the road development work would further open up the rural district and form part of a land link network that would span right up to Bario, a highland which currently could only be reached by air.
Sagan, who is also deputy international trade and industries minister, said the development was proof that the people of Baram could benefit from the implementation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) project.
At Long Aton, Sagan approved a RM30,000 allocation to build a people’s hall at the settlement and RM4,000 each to Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Long Aton parent-teacher association and SK Long Sobeng.
He also visited Long Luteng, Long Sebatang, Long Anap and Lio Mato.