| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THE Town and Country Planning Department completed the Temburong District Plan in 2010. The 19-year planning period runs from 2006 up to 2025, and its purpose is to prepare a strategic framework and directional development for the Temburong District.
Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Development Haji Muhammad Lutfi bin Haji Abdullah noted this in his speech yesterday during the launch of the Temburong District Plan Roadshow held at the Bumiputera Complex Hall in Bangar.
The plans that will bring about positive changes to the Temburong District include the construction of a bridge that will connect the Brunei-Muara District to the Temburong District and the establishment of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) in the district, as it looks to balance development across all four districts in Brunei. There are also proposals for improvements to physical and social infrastructure, requirements of new housing, schools and public facilities.
Through this plan, the population of the Temburong District will increase to 17,500 by 2025, compared to 11,000 people in 2010. With this growth, the projected housing demand will also increase.
“The Ministry of Development also ensures the increase of infrastructure and other facilities in the Temburong District. Through the 10th National Development Plan, several projects have been approved specifically to improve infrastructure in the district, such as the Temburong Flood Prevention Scheme Project to improve the drainage system in Bangar Town, including Kampong Menengah, Kampong Sulok, Kampong Rataie and Kampong Senukoh,” he said.
The project commenced on March 9, 2014 and is expected to be completed by March 2015.
Meanwhile, other projects include supplying/replacement of old types of water pipes in the district’s water supply system, and an additional construction project for the main pipe from the Batang Duri Treatment Plant to Bangar.
The Temburong Bridge Project is expected to catalyse development of this district by bringing economic spinoffs through the construction of new housing areas, commercial centres and industrial areas, which could attract residents from other districts, and at the same time bring tourists into Temburong.
This, he said, will subsequently raise the economy of the Temburong District to a level that is more vibrant, and will also bring about several positive impacts, such as new job opportunities for local residents and economic activities that will increase the local income.
“Yet, in the rally to develop the district, I would like to call out to stakeholders to be more sensitive in developing the Temburong District, seeing that Temburong is indeed rich in natural resources. More than three quarters (78 per cent) of the district’s area comes under the Heart of Borneo initiative, dubbing the district as ‘The Green Jewel of Brunei’ and ‘the finest example of the Sultanate’s successful forest protection policy,’” he said.
Therefore, all development plans should have in place precautionary measures to preserve nature in the district. The relevant agencies should also review the types of development, ensuring they are suitable and will not affect the sensitivity of the ecosystem of the district.
He said, this does not mean industries cannot be developed in the district, instead, it should be ensured that appropriate industries will be developed without affecting the environment or polluting the natural environment.