THE Sarawak portion of the Pan Borneo Highway is expected to be completed by August 2022, said Works Minister Baru Bian.
He said the target date was based on the latest inputs from the Sarawak Public Works Department (PWD) and all Work Package Contractors (WPCs), Bernama reported.
The project was already off-schedule before the ministry took over.
“These facts must be put on the table for all to know.
“We don’t want to be accused that the project had been delayed after we took over,” he said after attending a meeting on the future direction of the Pan Borneo Highway at the Sarawak PWD headquarters in Kuching today.
The next three months, Sarawak PWD is expected to get more accurate data to set a clearer date for completion of the project.
Sarawak PWD has been appointed as the Superintending Officer of the Sarawak portion of the project after the contract of Lebuh Raya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) was terminated.
The project which commenced in October 2015 was initially expected to be completed by June next year.
Apart from that, it is estimated the federal government can reduce the total cost from RM21.857 billion to RM18.992 billion through the termination of the PDP.
“This means we are able to save an estimated RM2.865 billion of the development cost,” he said as quoted by Free Malaysia Today.
However, the final amount of saving will only be realised after a full evaluation is carried out in the future.
The Sarawak portion of the highway, involving 11 packages, covers a distance of 786.41 kilometres.