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Oleh Brad Rantayy
MIRI, March 23: The state and federal governments have set aside RM1.04 million to carry out a total of nine projects involving storm drains and river clearing in three areas within Senadin constituency to solve flash flood issues.
These three areas are certain sections of Permyjaya, Desa Senadin and Tudan. All projects are currently being implemented.
Five projects are fully funded by the state governmnent with an estimated cost of RM320,000, while the remaining four projects are funded by the federal government at a cost of RM720,000.
The earlier mentioned five projects are river clearing works at Sungai Adong; clearing works at Sungai Miri Kecil , clearing and desilting of existing earth drains at Jalan Indah 3 Desa Pujut; clearing of an existing stream at Jalan Perdana Tudan Desaras; and clearing works of existing earth drains at Tudan Phase 3 and 5.
Meanwhile, the four projects funded by the federal government are maintenance of the existing retention pond at two areas namely at Senadin Phase 7 (25 hectares) and Curtin Water (30 hectares); clearing and desilting works of an existing pond at Permyjaya Wetlands and maintenance works of an existing retention pond at Senadin.
“Following the flash floods in these areas in early January this year, I brought Department of Irrigation and Drainage Sarawak (DID) and Miri City Council (MCC) engineers to go to the ground to investigate the sources and causes of the problem,” disclosed Minister of Transport Sarawak Datuk Lee Kim Shin today.
Lee who is also the Senadin assemblyman said, DID has taken speedy action and managed to utilise both state and federal funds to do storm drains and rivers clearing.
This morning, Lee visited one of the sites at Sungai Adong to check on clearing works of 6.2km long.
The project at Sungai Adong started on March 8 and is scheduled for completion in June this year, together with the eight other projects mentioned earlier. — DayakDaily