SIK, July 29 2012 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is on a one-day visit to Kedah, performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jalan Kampung Merbau Kudung/Felda Teloi Timur road project in Kampung Merbau Kudung near here Sunday.
The 9.9km tarred road when completed will shorten the travelling distance from Felda Teloi Timur and Felda Teloi Kanan to Batu 5 near here Kampung Merbau Kudung.
Construction will entail 6.1km in Felda areas while 2.8km on private land with the overall cost of the project coming to RM49 million.
The project is scheduled to begin in September with completion due in January 2014.
Earlier, Najib had been given a briefing on the project by the Public Works Department roads division director Datuk Baharanuddin Che Zain.
Baharanuddin said once the project was completed travelling time for motorists on the route would be reduced from 45 minutes to just 10 minutes.
Prior to performing the groundbreaking ceremony, the prime minister and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor had attended a Kasih Felda simulation programme a the home of Kamaliah Ahmad in Kampung Teloi Tua near here.