Speed up city drainage works, DBKU to contractor

DBKU wants the Phase 3 of the RM8.5 million Kuching city drainage project to be implemented soonest as it has caused daily traffic jam in Kuching city main bazaar.

KUCHING, Oct 23: The contractor of the RM8.5 million Kuching city drainage project must expedite it as the completion date has long been overdue.

In pointing this out, Assistant Minister of Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the contractor has been given ample time to complete the project.  Yet until today, there is no sign of completion.

Kuching city drainage project consists of three phases.  Phase 1 was implemented in 2016, while Phase 2 took off in the middle of 2017. Phase 3 of the project commenced in 2018 and was scheduled to be completed in the same year.

As the construction is situated in an area of heavy traffic usage, the construction of the project has been causing daily traffic jams.

“We have given the contractor ample time. It is time they just have to complete it,” Dr Abdul Rahman told DayakDaily here today.

The delayed Kuching City Drainage project.

The implementation of Kuching city drainage project os aimed to mitigate and minimise flash floods in the downtown area.

Flash floods in city centre is not a new issue.  However, the situation has been getting worse, with flash floods occurring in every heavy downpour.

Phase 3 of the project involved the construction of a new drainage outlet for storm water to be discharged through Jalan Masjid, Jalan Market and Lebuh Jawa and eventually to the Sarawak River. — DayakDaily

Kuching City Drainage Project which is situated at downtown centre has been causing traffic jam.