Miri to have second storm drain soon, says assistant minister

Lee (right) and Yii showing the location of the proposed Eco Park storm drain project on a map.

MIRI, August 3: The state government has recently approved the building of a 2km long and 2.5m wide storm drain in Eco Park, Jalan Airport, to solve flooding woes in the area.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the proposed project was now at the appointment-of-consultant stage. This would be the city’s second storm drain.

“We expect the process (designing and open tender) to be completed by end of this year,” Lee said, but he did not disclose the project cost.

“With this storm drain, flood waters would flow out to the sea.”

Lee, who is also Senadin assemblyman, said this today after meeting personnel from several government agencies to discuss flooding problems.

Present were Miri mayor Adam Yii and officials from the state Department of Drainage and Irrigation, Sarawak Rivers Board, Land and Survey Department, and Public Works Department.

On a related matter, Lee said he had instructed a Pan Borneo Highway contractor to either deepen or widen a section of the Miri-Bintulu road near Lambir Hills National Park to prevent flooding in the area.

“We were concerned the situation might affect tourists from coming into the national park,” said Lee. — DayakDaily