2018 Launch Date For RM2 Billion BRT; RM420 Upgrade For Sulaman Road

Traffic congestion in Kota Kinabalu seems to be getting worse, especially along Jalan Sulaman. Four intersections with flyovers have been approved at a cost of RM420 million.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: The much-anticipated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project here should be on the starting blocks next year, said Abdul Rahman Dahlan, minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

He said based on the plan, the BRT project will be implemented in two phases, with the first from Inanam to Kota Kinabalu and the second from the city to Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Both phases involve an allocation of RM1billion each and the federal government was expected to approve the financing soon

ABDUL RAHMAN DAHLAN

“Now, the project is in high-level discussion stage and we hope the implementation will begin soon,” he told reporters after opening the Sepanggar UMNO Division delegates conference here Saturday.

Rahman who heads the Economic Planning Unit in Putrajaya also announced an allocation of RM420 million to upgrade the 15km long Sulaman Road from Indah Permai to the Yayasan Sabah building.

He said the road upgrading project would include the construction of four flyovers, namely at the Indah Permai interchange, Jalan Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) interchange, Kampung Rampaian interchange and Kingfisher interchange.

JIMMY WONG

Recently, Jimmy Wong, the Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament had queried the delay to the billion ringgit project announced by the prime minister in his 2016 Budget speech two years ago.

Wong had also alleged that apart from the delay, there was a lack of transparency in the planning of this proposed project.

“The public mainly commuters deserve to know some details of the plan. We also need to know how the project will be implemented, will this project implemented through Project Delivery Partner (PDP) as used in the implementation of the MRT in KL,” he had queried.

The BRT project is expected to be built and operated by Prasarana, a government owned company has also raised some issues, mainly on the design of the system and route that will be covered by the BRT.

Wong claimed the proposed project is still in process of negotiations between Prasarana and the state government through SEDIA.

The DAP lawmaker said there should also be increased in awareness by the public on the use of public transport to reduce the traffic congestion in the city.

“However, the public transport needs to be upgraded first to improve the living comfort in Kota Kinabalu. Public transport is very important for the tourism industry, without good public transport, the State capital will not be able to compete with other cities in the region,” Wong had said.