KUCHING: Secretary of Central Youth Chief, Milton Foo gave full  support to the revival of Kuching LRT project Phase 1 as the alternate public transport announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to ease the most congested expressway in town between Kuching and Samarahan.

“This is necessary as from morning to 10 pm, there is traffic jam throughout the day which caused a lot of frustration to the commuters,” he said in a statement.

“I have attended a Unimas function organised by the students there at the university campus last month while representing the Minister for Local Government & Housing as the guest of honour, and I received a lot of complaints regarding the traffic flow between Kuching and Samarahan,” he added.

“This further corroborates the fact of the people’s frustration when using that road especially those who use it every day as rightly pointed out by Chief Minister,” he said.

“I thank CM and GPS government for making such a bold and right move to build LRT benefiting the people despite many mega projects in Sarawak were withdrawn by the federal government,” he said.

Sarawak’s first Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, covering the state capital plus the Samarahan and Serian divisions, is expected to be operational by 2024.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in March this year said the route will be divided into three lines, namely the Kota Samarahan-Sungai Batu-Damai, the Serian-Siburan-Senari and the City Dispersal Line.

However the focus for now is the first route, known as the Damai Line  will cover a distance of 59.7km from Muara Tuang (Kota Samarahan) to Damai.

It will pass through 28 stations including Rembus, Unimas, Riveria, Simpang Tiga, Hikmah Exchange, Petra Jaya Hospital, Bandar Baru Samariang, Sentoria, Sungai Batu and Damai Central.

Abang Johari on 9 May said he had received many complaints from the public regarding the traffic jam on the Kuching-Samarahan expressway, and the need for an LRT as a form of public transportation was further necessitated by the 20,000-strong student population in public universities such as Unimas and UiTM in Samarahan.

He said, the project’s construction cost will involve about RM5 billion.