DID on flood prevention studies in Batu Kawa

Law (left) explaining something to Tan on the flood mitigation plan

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KUCHING, Feb 24: The Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID) Sarawak has since last year undertaken a comprehensive feasibility study in seven areas under Batu Kawa in order to alleviate the problems caused by flooding.

Political secretary to chief minister Tan Kai revealed this after being briefed by DID Sarawak director Ir Law Wee.

Minister of Local Government and Housing cum Batu Kawa assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian had previously proposed to the State government a RM120 million flood mitigation plan for Batu Kawa.

“But DID was of the opinion that a comprehensive plan with in-depth feasibility study needed to be done in order to resolve the issue amicably.

“An engineering designer had been appointed last year ahead of plan to study on those areas frequently affected by flash floods,” Tan said in a statement today following a joint inspection with DID at the Batu Kawa MJC drainage system yesterday (Feb 24).

The seven areas involved were Jalan Batu Kawa Road Lorong 1C and 3, Sg Moyan, Sg Surih, Jalan Field Force, Jalan Ketitir, RPR area and Kampung Sinar Budi Baru.

Studies were also carried out for the drainage system in Batu Kawa, Stapok, Jalan Arang, and Sg Maong.

According to Law, the original appointment date for the engineering designer was supposedly under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), which was from 2021 to 2025, but it had started early as the study would require a year to be done. — DayakDaily