Tuesday, 17 July 2018, Kuching: It was a fruitful one-day field trip to Works Package 01 (Telok Melano-Sematan) for 10 officers from Rural Development Ministry yesterday to see for themselves the immense progress made for the stretch.
On site to welcome the delegation was LBU Project Manager for WPC01 Foo Kee Seng who later briefed them on the project before leading them to a site visit.
The purpose of the ministry’s technical division was to expose the officers to the project implementation particularly on best practices of environmental aspects.
During the site visit, the delegation was brought to see the construction progress and methods used as well as approaches adopted to minimise environmental impact during construction.
Foo hailed the visit as a fruitful one as both sides were able to exchange engineering ideas on best management practices in project management and in the protection of environment.
One of the key best practices adopted in this particular construction stretch is the curfew imposed on the construction activities at Samunsam Wildlife Sanctuary area where the works can only be carried out from 7am to 5pm daily to ensure minimal disturbance to the proboscis monkeys in the sanctuary.
Another best practices used is the installation of check dam for earth drain to counteract erosion by reducing water flow velocity.
Silt fencing is also being used as a means to control soil erosion through sedimentation, by way of both arresting soil erosion as well as protecting water quality from pollution through sedimentation of loose soils in storm water run-off that can flow in nearby streams, rivers, lakes and seas.
The Telok Melano-Sematan stretch is a legacy left by the late Chief Minister of Sarawak Tan Sri Adenan Satem or fondly called as Tok Nan.
The original plan for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak was to build from Sematan to Miri but upon Tok Nan’s request, the two-lane single carriageway Telok Melano-Sematan stretch would see it benefitting 8,000 people living in the area.