Johor: Johor will be the first state to map out over 5,000 kilometres of its rural road network digitally to update and improve their management. Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Datul Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the availability of the digital map would also lead to a better planning for the development and upgrading of these roads. “We want to improve the management and maintenance of these roads. With this system, we will also be more effective in awarding tenders for the maintenance as we will be able to have better information on which roads are in need of repairs or upgrade,” said Khaled. The project will be carried out by Infra Desa Johor Sdn Bhd (IDJSB), a state-owned company that is responsible for the maintenance of these roads, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
IDJSB has invested about RM300,000 for the venture, which uses the expertise of the lecturers and students of UTM”s Faculty of Geo information and Real Estate. “We want to benefit from the expertise that UTM has to offer. I believe Johor is the first state in Malaysia to have a digital map of its rural roads,” said Khaled after launching the programme and witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between IDJSB and UTM.