KUCHING, Oct 30: The Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) has set up a special taskforce to look into the Phase 3 drainage upgrading project delays at Jalan Masjid, Jalan Market and Lebuh Java which were supposedly scheduled to complete in January 2019.
Having informed this following a meeting with DBKU, Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii urged its mayor Datu Junaidi Reduan to resolve various issues and obstacles surrounding the project quickly so that it can be expedited for the convenience of the people.
He also learned that there were some contractual and procedural disputes which have hindered the progress of the project to mitigate flash floods in the Padang Merdeka and its vicinity.
“The progress was not only delayed, but has significantly affected the people working and doing business in the area, and even pose danger to road users in the area.
“We had a good discussion and dialogue with DBKU Mayor Datu Junaidi Reduan and his officers,” he said in a statement today.
During the meeting with Junaidi, Yii revealed that he had raised some concerns including steps taken to address obstacles and disputes as well as setting a new completion timeline so that the public can be informed and make the necessary adjustments.
“The Mayor has given his assurance that they have been looking into this issue and has also set up a special taskforce to analyse all the details of the case including addressing any disputes and obstacles that they are facing to make sure the project is expedited,” he added.
Another issue Yii brought up was the safety of the whole construction site area as recent heavy rains have caused flash floods in the area and the temporary road dividers were floated away, thus posing real danger to road users who were unable to see the road division clearly.
“We are grateful that there were no unwanted accidents, but this issue has to be properly addressed before any unwanted incidents happen.
“We are grateful for the openness of DBKU to have a dialogue with us as we all play a part to not just monitor the progress of the project, but also to properly inform the public for the good of the people in Kuching,” he commended.
Yii reassured that he will continue to follow up on this matter to make sure that the project is completed as soon as possible for the convenience of the people.
Yii (third left) and Junaidi (centre) in a photo together with DAP members and DBKU officers after the meeting. – DayakDaily