| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Land Transport Master Plan, a collaborative project between the Ministry of Communications (MinCom), Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies and Ministry of Development, is complete and currently being implemented by all the relevant stakeholders.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, during the Special Forum on the Master Plan with members of the Legislative Council (LegCo).
The permanent secretary said that efforts made towards realising this plan was shared with the public through its December 2014 launch of a White Paper, which was aimed at getting feedback and recommendations from the public.
The ministry welcomed any opinion, comment and review that could lead to the overall plan being modified.
Research on the master plan began in April 2012 by an appointed consultant, which was a collaboration between Atkins from the United Kingdom and SQW China, and was completed in February 2014.
The White Paper serves as a document containing the roadmap on the plan’s implementation to tackle the issue of road congestion in Brunei Darussalam by 2035.
Implementing the plan will require the involvement of the entire travel sector and hopes to offer more job opportunities, increase the movement efficiency of people, products and services – domestic and regional – as well as reducing the country’s high rate of road fatalities and injuries.
Yesterday’s forum was held to disseminate the contents of the plan with LegCo members and was facilitated by the Director of Land Transport, Dr Haji Supry bin Haji Ladi.
Following the briefing yesterday was a question-and-answer with a discussion session where the exchange of views ensued.
Also present were the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the MinCom, Awang Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, as well as representatives from the National Road Safety Council, Ministry of Development and other relevant parties.