Impact of Temburong Bridge on surrounding natural environment

I refer to the letter ‘Kudos to government for Temburong Bridge’ by Hassan Jerudong, published in the Weekend Bulletin on December 14.

I agree with the writer that Temburong Bridge will become a national landmark. The bridge will serve as a tourist attraction as it passes through the scenic Brunei Bay and the Labu Mangrove Forest Reserve.

It will not only be used by Bruneians heading to and from Temburong District but also drivers from neighbouring countries.

I would like to raise my concern on the possible impact of the bridge towards the surrounding natural environment. As Hassan Jerudong mentioned in his letter, it is our responsibility to keep the bridge clean by not littering as we drive along the bridge.

Authorities can mitigate this by putting up a sign warning people not to litter on the bridge as well as throwing rubbish into the Brunei Bay and Labu Mangrove Forest Reserve.

Those caught littering should be fined to deter people from littering.

Surveillance cameras should also be installed to monitor motorists’ behaviour while on the bridge.

Placing rubbish bins at suitable locations or having motorists bring their own litter would also help.

I hope the authorities will look into this matter for the sake of our natural environment and cleanliness of the bridge.

Pg Rusli

File photo of the Temburong Bridge. The writer raises his concern on the possible impact of the bridge towards the surrounding natural environment