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KUCHING, Aug 4: Upgrading works on the drainage system project at Jalan Field Force, Batu Kawa here, which costs over RM12 million, to improve drainage capacity due to the increase in housing development in the area has officially started.
According to a statement from Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) today, this project which involves the upgrading of an estimated 2km long drainage system and improvement to a section of Jalan Field Force is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023.
Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian witnessed the handing over of the project contract to the contractor in the presence of Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Sarawak deputy director Ir Law Wee here today.
“Jalan Field Force is seeing rapid housing development and population growth in recent years. Hence, the original drainage system (open drains) with muddy ditches can no longer cope with the large amount and high flow of excess water in the area.
“At the request of residents and following studies as well as planning conducted by DID, Dr Sim has successfully obtained the approval and funding for the project,” SUPP explained.
The Jalan Field Force drainage system upgrading project, SUPP pointed out, was one of seven major development projects which Dr Sim, who is Batu Kawa assemblyman, had managed to secure for the constituency under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
The six other drainage system upgrading projects are implemented at Lorong 1C and 2, Sungai Moyan, Sungai Surih, Jalan Ketitir, RPR Batu Kawa areas and a riverbank rehabilitation works at Kampung Sinar Budi Lama.
Following assurance given by DID Sarawak that the project can be carried out smoothly during a briefing today, Dr Sim also reminded the contractor to perform their duties responsibly and in a timely manner so as to complete the project according to the standard and requirements of authorities.
Political secretary to Premier of Sarawak Tan Kai and SUPP Batu Kawa branch chairman Lim Ah Ted were also present. — DayakDaily