Gabion wall to prevent further erosion along Lutong beach

Lee (front) checking on the work progress

Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Jan 5: The installation of gabion wall (or baskets) along the Lutong beach shoreline is being carried out to prevent further erosion in the area.

Minister of Transport Sarawak Datuk Lee Kim Shin told reporters after inspecting the Lutong Beach today that the RM 369,000 project which commenced yesterday (Monday), covering a total of 185 meter (along the affected area of the shoreline), is expected to be completed within three to four weeks time.

“The project involved the Public Works department Miri (JKR) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage Sarawak (DID) is meant to prevent the erosion and flood issues along this area,” said Lee.

Lee also expressed his satisfactory with the installation works progress.

Datuk Lee speaking to the local media after inspecting the installation work progress

“This is a temporary alternative solution to rock armour the structure along the beach (Lutong beach) shoreline,” Lee explained.

He added DID Miri is planning to build rock revetment similar to those along Kuala Batu 1 in Kuala Baram as a long term solution.

Lee was accompanied by JKR Miri divisional engineer Chong Chi Fam and Hidayati Ismail an engineer from DID Miri.

Recently, dozens of marine debris pieces brought by strong waves and spilled onto the road have stunned people residing nearby the area (Lutong beach).

“The clearing of debris from the road is currently being carried out,” Lee said.

He also advised motorists to refrain from using the road for safety reason while clearing works is being carried out. — DayakDaily