By Christopher Lidom
KUCHING, Oct 15: Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii calls for an urgent need to expedite the long delayed construction of the new drainage outlet for storm water discharge at Jalan Masjid, Jalan Market and Lebuh Java that cost about RM7 million which was supposed to be completed in January 2019.
Yii in a press statement today said until now, there is slow progress and has caused so much inconvenience and also hazardous to the road users, business owners and those working in the vicinity.
“In doing so, I have written an official letter to the Mayor of Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) to request his urgent intervention as well as to facilitate a dialogue between the mayor and the contractors involved to enlighten us with the progress of the whole upgrade.
“Such long delays without proper reason given is totally unacceptable especially to road users, business owners and surrounding residents who had given us negative feedback that the long delay has affected their business and livelihood,” he said in a press statement today.
On top of that, he said the delay is causing inconvenience to members of the public seeking medical attention at a a government clinic in the vicinity.
According to Yii, a flash flood caused by heavy downpour on Oct 8, washed away the road dividers separating the construction site from the road, and that posed danger to road users who might stray into the uneven construction site instead.
He said the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Bandar Kuching team was on the ground swiftly to help place back those dividers to avoid any unwanted accidents that may even cause lives.
“So, with the delayed construction, that area will continue to experience flash floods instead of solving the flood woes in Kuching.
“That is why, a proper dialogue between DBKU and the contractors is urgently needed, so we will better understand the situation better and better inform the public.
“I urge the mayor of DBKU to urgently intervene and address the delays for the good and safety of the people. We do not want any untoward accidents and even death which could have been prevented in the first place” he added.— DayakDaily