Government to review nationwide construction projects that have not yet started
Posted on: Sunday July 18, 2021
BACHOK: The government will review all nationwide construction projects, especially those that have not yet started, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed’s department minister said. (Photo) said, âThe Economic Planning Unit and the Ministry of Finance will review all projects, especially those that have not yet started but already have allocations. “Decisions will be made regarding the direction of these projects,” he said on Saturday at a press conference on the implementation of the Road Infra project in Kelantan.
Developing further, Mustapa said this was due to the fact that many projects with allocations had undergone changes in terms of costs due to the increase in the prices of building materials before that. Another factor is the increase in land prices given that they normally cover 40 percent of the total cost of the project. On top of that, Mustapa said the implementation of the projects has been rather slow due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “The Ministry of Public Works submitted the contractors’ demands for an additional allowance following the increase in the price of building materials at a meeting chaired by me and the chief secretary of the government last week,” he said. he added, adding that the parties concerned have agreed to examine their request.
Meanwhile, Mustapa said the government will also ensure that road construction projects in Kelantan approved under the Malaysian 11th Plan (11MP) and 12MP as well as the First Rolling Plan (RP1) are implemented in accordance. on the calendar. He said this includes 10 projects to improve road infrastructure in rural areas, which involved a total allocation of RM297 and are expected to be completed within three years of start. âFour of the 10 projects received Letters of Acceptance (SST) with site ownership dates in August and December, at a total cost of RM183.8 million. “The rest is still the responsibility of the Public Works Department at the planning and design stage and we expect all six projects to receive SSTs this year or no later than the first quarter of 2022,” he added. . Mustapa also said the government is committed to ensuring that the new highway, the Center Spine Road (CSR) that connects Kelantan to Kuala Lumpur via Pahang, is implemented under the 12MP and that the project be completed in 2025 as planned.