Affected residents not briefed on Sg Brunei bridge, minister admits

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THE development minister admitted to not conducting a proper briefing for residents who were affected by the construction of Sg Brunei bridge.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah said some residents were not briefed about the bridge that will connect Bandar Seri Begawan and Lumapas.

“This could be an oversight on our part because there were not many that were affected, but the suggestion to have a master plan or project planning will be done in the future,” he said.

The minister was responding to a Legislative Council (LegCo) member’s comment that Kg Sungai Kebun residents were not briefed prior to the construction of the Sg Brunei bridge.

More than 40 families were forced to relocate to make way for 609-metre bridge construction.

According to a December 2015 report, 47 houses have already been demolished last year to allow for the construction of the bridge. However, some families had yet to be relocate to make way for the Sungai Kebun bridge scheduled for completion in June this year.

During the 12th LegCo session yesterday, YB Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah Hj Mohd Jaafar said construction of three major bridges are expected to be completed not long from now, especially the bridge that links Bandar Seri Begawan to Lumapas.

The other mega projects are the Temburong-Bandar Seri Begawan bridge and the Pulau Muara Besar bridge.

“As we’ve been informed, residents affected by the Bandar Seri Begawan to Temburong bridge have been briefed by authorities. However, the briefing for residents affected by the Sungai Kebun to Jalan Residency bridge was not done,” he said.

YB Dato Hj Abdullah suggested that every project should have a master plan so that construction can be planned in a more orderly and systematic way, especially when it comes to land use.

The Brunei Times