SIBU, Aug 21: Residents of Rejang Park Housing Estate can expect to breathe cleaner air once the long awaited central sewerage system is completed this December.
A political secretary to the Chief Minister, Michael Tiang said today that work on the RM3 million project which started in early 2019, would be completed by this December.
The Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Pelawan secretary said the whole project was scheduled to be completed in February this year but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, work was suspended.
“I am happy to announce that the project is 75 per cent done and will be fully completed this December. Now the focus is on the commercial area with 30 shop lots to build 61 joints to connect the sewerage pipe to the system,” he said.
The new sewerage system was to replace the old one built in the 1970s which had collapsed due to development in the area.
“Since 2015, residents of Rejang Park have been complaining to me that as the system which connects their houses has collapsed, they have been experiencing disgusting smell caused by leakages and also cloggings,” he added.
During the 2016 state election, he said SUPP Pelawan branch appealed to then Chief Minister, the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem for special grants for the project.
It was only approved in 2018 by the current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during his visit to the town.
“The installation of new septic tank plus toilet bowl for individual household is part of the central sewerage system package under the Project Rakyat which cost a total of RM3 million.
“There are 366 houses in the area. We have successfully installed them to 142 units of houses. Another 13 households refused to accept the offer despite that they are given free,” he said.
Tiang added he would request the state government to give subsidy to other households who had bought and installed the septic tank by themselves.-DayakDaily