TONTON ASTRO AWANI

PENGUNJUNG SETIA

08 Mac 2010

ROAD LINKING SENGKANG AND TERATAI LAUNCHED

By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
newsdesk@thestar.com.my

TANGKAK: A new road linking Sengkang near Bukit Gambir and Teratai near Jementah has been opened.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Ghani Othman said the 12km road which cost RM15.8mil will boost new economic-growth areas between the two places.

Better connections: Abdul Ghani (left) unveiling a sign in Kampung Sengkang showing directions to Teratai/Bukit Serampang/Segamat and Bukit Gambir/Muar during the road’s launch in Tangkak recently.

“The state’s holistic development approach gives importance to the building of more new roads and the upgrading of old stretches,” he said when opening the road recently.

He said, in the past, Bukit Gambir and Serom residents had to go to Tangkak, Sagil and Kebun Baru along the Tangkak-Segamat road before they could go to Teratai.

Today, they could reach Teratai within 15 minutes and from there go to Bukit Kepong then Labis, or to Jementah and then Segamat, he added.

He said the new road, which cuts through plantations and farmland, was also expected to bring greater economic growth to Sengkang and Teratai.

An interchange was being planned near Bukit Gambir to give residents easy access to the North-South Expressway, he said.

The interchange would be built near Kampung Simpang Lima, Bukit Gambir, and residents no longer needed to go to Tangkak or Pagoh to reach the expressway, he added.

Earlier, Johor Public Works Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil said the Sengkang-Teratai road was completed five months ahead of schedule.

SOURCE: THE STAR 08 MARCH 2010

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