The once shelved Kuching light rail transit (LRT) project is revived. The project is also known as the Sarawak LRT Project.
The project is the brain-child of Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when he first took office.
News reports have confirmed that Johari is reviving the project following public support. The support came as traffic congestion in key areas leading to Kuching started becoming an issue. Johari said that building more roads and adding public buses were not solutions to the problem. He suggested that building an LRT would help more.
Since getting massive public support on the project, the Borneo Post reported that Johari had confirmed the Sarawak Government will start building the Kuching – Samarahan sector first.
The route is shorter than initially planned, and is said to involve less than RM5 billion.
The initial Kuching LRT project had three main lines which are the Kuching City Line, Muara Tebas – Serian Line, and the Damai – Muara Tuang Line.
According to news reports, the revived plan would see part of the Muara Tebas – Serian line constructed first with stations likely constructed nearby both UITM and UNIMAS.
This meant that the line would now be cheaper to build while serving key areas which are experiencing heavy traffic congestion.