DID confident to permanently solve Batu Kawa drainage issue

Dr Sim (fourth right) witnessing the contract handover from DID Sarawak to Ceria Alliance Sdn Bhd today.

KUCHING, Oct 3: Department of Irrigation and Drainage Sarawak (DID Sarawak) is confident that the drainage issues in Batu Kawa areas could be solved after the entire flood mitigation project has been completed.

The RM1.67 million Batu Kawa flood mitigation project covering Taman Desa Wira Lorong 2 areas has just officially started today when DID Sarawak handed over the contract to Ceria Alliance Sdn Bhd.

“DID Sarawak awards the contract to Ceria Alliance Sdn Bhd to start the upgrading and improvement of the drainage system at Taman Desa Wira Lorong 20 area today.

“Under the 12th Malaysia Plan, a total of RM120 million has been allocated for the Batu Kawa area flood mitigation projects.

“Projects at Taman Desa Wira Lorong 20 that started this month cost RM1.67 million, and are scheduled to be completed by June 30 under phase one allocation of RM29 million,” it said.

Adding on, DID Sarawak asserted that the first phase of the upgrading project includes filling the lower areas, upgrading all residential drains to cement structures, widening the main drains and sub drains, and improving the drain connectivity to Sg Maong main monsoon drain.

“Besides the Lorong 20 projects, DID has also completed the open tender process for Lorong 20A and 20B drain system upgrading projects as well as the tender evaluation process for Lorong 20B1 in this month.

“As for the drainage design at other lorongs namely Lorong 20A1, 20B, 17/17A/17A6 and 5/5I/5J/20C/20D, the progress have reached 70, 65, 30 and 10 per cent respectively,” it said in a statement today.

Meanwhile during the contract handover ceremony, Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian acknowledged the long-term drainage system problems faced by residents of Taman Desa Wira.

He, who is also Batu Kawa assemblyman also emphasised that the ongoing flood mitigation projects are massive projects and it will need proper and comprehensive planning to improve and upgrade the connectivity of the whole area by phases.

In stating this, he urged Taman Desa Wira residents not to worry because no areas would be left behind in the Batu Kawa flood mitigation project. —DayakDaily