Category: Development


Kuching, Thurs:  With the implementation of the urban transportation solution for greater Kuching now almost definite, the state government is exploring the options of employing the latest train technology that could possibly reduced the costs of making it a reality. 

The Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Opengwas in Nanchang city, China today to view the deployment of the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) system that forms part of the city’s urban transportation solution.

“The ART might be able to reduce the costs of implementation of the lines as it can run on non-elevated normal or dedicated roads,” the Chief Minister told Sarawak officers accompanying him during the visit. 

The proposed routes are the Kuching-Samarahan and the Kuching-Serian lines. 

The ART with trains that runs on tyres developed byCRRC Corporations Ltd. does not run on conventional rail tracks but on a virtual track that can be on a dedicated or normal existing roads and controlled by a central command centre. 

The Chief Minister and members of his delegation wereactually taken on a ride on the train along a 5kmline through the city to have a first-hand experience on the ART that can be powered by electricity or hydrogen. 

Later, they were taken on a tour of the production facility near the city before attending a briefing by CRRC. 

Among those accompanying the Chief Minister were the Assistant Minister for Transportation, Datuk Dr. JeripSusil and Chairman of SEDC, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Abdul Aziz Hussain.


Based on the road network planning for Kanowit-Song-Kapit, the actual distance is about 100.9km. The only remaining link is the construction of Ngemah-Temalat Road, Section B Pakej 1(as shown in plan) which covers a total length of 9.6km of R3 standard road with 100m span bridge at Sungai Sebuloh.

The physical progress is 39.73% at the moment and is scheduled to be completed in August 2020. By then, the whole road network to Kapit will be connected. 

At the moment, the road is only accessible from Kanowit to Ngemah. The ongoing 9.6km Ngemah-Temalat link is not ready to be opened for traffic as the road construction is still almost halfway and unsafe to be used by the public. Once completed, this road will then be connected to the completed tar sealed road of Jalan Song/Sipang/SK Temalat and thus, to Kapit.

The completion of this road shall give a huge positive impact to the people not only in Kapit but also to the people of Song, Kanowit and most importantly to the people of Sarawak, in terms of development and economy.

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Date: 30 May 2019