SAMALAJU: Residents of Nyalau, the closest settlement to the Samalaju Industrial Park near here, will get to enjoy better facilities soon, through infrastructure projects undertaken by the Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) as part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative.
The projects include the upgrading of the current access road in Nyalau that connects Kampung Kuala Nyalau and Kampung Nyalau Tengah in the north with Kampung Ulu Nyalau to the Bintulu-Miri coastal road in the south.
Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) is the implementing agency for the project, which was approved last year.
The project will upgrade the present 5.82-kilometre road from a single lane to dual lane tar-sealed road, which will also include improvements to the junction towards Kampung Nyalau Tengah and Kampung Ulu Nyalau.
Through this project, road users in Nyalau will enjoy better traffic flow in the area, as well as better overall driving comfort and safety.
Another infrastructure project in the cards for Nyalau is the provision of public facilities, specifically a jetty and gathering area for residents of Rumah Sagoh.
Through this project, residents of the only Iban longhouse in Nyalau will be provided with a wooden jetty made of Belian and also improvements to the footpath and hardstanding.
There are a total of 196 villages and one longhouse in Nyalau, with a total population of about 880 people, the majority of which are from the Kedayan ethnic community, who are mainly farmers and fishermen.
Meanwhile, Nyalau has also benefited through SCORE in other ways since the implementation of Samalaju Industrial Park, namely the improvements in electricity and water supply and also better connectivity to Bintulu town, which is located about 70 kilometres away.
Samalaju, which is also one of SCORE’s five Growth Nodes, has also created greater employment and business opportunities for the people of Nyalau.