Under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, citizens and residents in the country continue to enjoy convenience, progress and development, especially in terms of infrastructure development which lean towards national development to be at par with other developed countries. With the highest number of residents compared to the other districts, Brunei Muara is also seen as the most developed and progressive district.

Being the district where the Capital is based, the Brunei Muara district has become the centre for administration and main infrastructure, including Ministries and Departments, airport, ports and higher education institutions. After almost half a century under His Majesty's reign, a number of rapid progress and development have been achieved in line with waves of development and modernity. This includes development projects which have been or will be implemented, or ones currently in the implementation stage, such as the construction of bridges, highways, and a safe and efficient transportation system.

One of the country's biggest achievement in terms of development is the construction of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge. The bridge which was officiated by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on the 14th of October last year, is one of the country's landmarks in the development of infrastructure and communication. Spanning over 600 metres long, the bridge provides a more efficient road network system and an alternative route for residents in Mukim Lumapas and its surrounding areas to head to the Capital or vice versa, which also helps to reduce traffic congestion.

With a modern and attractive design, the bridge is a driver to the country's socio-economic growth. Aside from being an attraction for tourists and members of the public, the bridge also has the potential to spur economic development not only around the banks of Sungai Brunei, but also to Bandar Seri Begawan as a whole.

One of the wise moves made by His Majesty's government in generating tourism-related activities is to expand further the area of Bandar Seri Begawan. The implementation of several projects under the Bandar Seri Begawan Development Master Plan further enhances the beauty of the surrounding areas, while at the same time, changing the landscape of some parts of the Capital. The Pedestrian Bridge which connects the Royal Wharf and Jalan Residency in Bandar Seri Begawan is one of the work scopes under the Jalan Residency Widening project, which was first used in May this year. The 8-metre-wide bridge which spans 80 metres across Sungai Kianggeh, links the Royal Wharf with Jalan Residency and completes the 3-kilometre pedestrian road network starting from Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas until the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge. With this facility in place, visitors and tourists have the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of Bandar Seri Begawan and Kampong Ayer, while at the same time allowing the public to carry out recreational activities along Sungai Brunei.

The construction of the Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas in Bandar Seri Begawan, is another success story for the country in its efforts to provide a place for recreation and to attract visitors and tourists to Bandar Seri Begawan. "City in the Garden" has become the concept for the park to encourage greenery, improve and upgrade the river drainage system including Sungai Kedayan, and beautify the surroundings of the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque.

Source: Radio Television Brunei