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November 24, 2008

Brunei to build second airport
Brunei may build its second international airport in the Belait district as part of the major revamp of development projects planned in the district under the National Land Use Master Plan 2006-2025 (NLUMP), reported local daily the Brunei Times.

The feasibility of the second airport is currently being assessed by the Department of Civil Aviation, is currently looking into the existing Brunei International Airport and whether future international and regional air traffic will require either the expansion of the existing airport or the establishment of a new one.

The matter was discussed at a workshop on the preparation of the Belait District Development Plan 2006-2025 by a local engineering consultant, Vernon Yen, who further said that besides the airport assessment, there is possibility of introducing another highway within the interior of Belait in the next 20 years.

In his "Proposals and Strategies Report" presented during the workshop at the Work Skills Testing and Training Centre under the Ministry of Development, Yen said that the new highway would promote development in the interior of Belait, spreading the development away from the coastline where most of the district's existing development was focused.

The highway would form a section of the second national highway, which aims at enhancing the connectivity among the districts. Increasing the connectivity through the new national highway is hoped to improve the social interaction among the people of Brunei.

The workshop, organised by the Department of Town and Country Planning (TCP) under the Ministry of Development, was attended by representatives from more than 40 relevant government departments and private agencies.

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