| Azlan Othman & Wani Roslan |
A SECTION of Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) will remain closed until the relevant authorities deem the road safe to use following the discovery of a 6.5-metre-deep sinkhole in the middle of the road opposite Badi’ah Hotel.
According to preliminary investigations by the Public Works Department, the sinkhole, which appeared late Tuesday evening, was likely due to a damaged underground pipe that channels sewerage to Pintu Malim Treatment Plant.
Investigations are currently underway to identify the root cause of the sinkhole.
Repair works are being carried out to rectify the problem as soon as possible.
The Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, was at the scene yesterday morning to survey the sinkhole.
Traffic stretched as far back as Damuan Recreational Park in Jalan Tutong during the morning rush hour yesterday.
For the safety of the public, immediate action was taken by the Public Works Department and the Traffic Control & Investigation Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force to redirect traffic to alternate routes.
According to the Acting Director of Drainage and Sewerage, Dr Norimtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak, the sinkhole was spotted late Tuesday night.
“For the safety of road users, some sections of the route will be temporarily closed until the road section has been deemed safe,” she said.
The Public Works Department advised motorists to adhere to the warning signs around the area to prevent any untoward incidents.
For more information, the public can contact the Darussalam Hotline at 123.