State government approves RM25 mln for flood mitigation projects in Miri

from third left) Lee and Yii seen during the briefing.

Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Nov 16: The state government has approved RM25 million to solve flood issues in Taman Tunku and Eco Park 2, with projects scheduled to begin next year.

Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said tender for the flood mitigation projects will be put out on Dec 15.

“The flood mitigation projects, RM15 million for Eco Park 2 and RM10 million for Taman Tunku, are fully funded by the state as the Federal government has refused to provide allocation. The construction works will take about 15 months to complete,” he told reporters after a briefing with project consultants at Miri City Council (MCC) office today.

MCC mayor Adam Yii were present at the meeting involving representatives from the Drainage and Irrigation Department, Land and Survey, state Public Works and Malaysia Airport Bhd.

Lee said the state had requested some funds from the Federal government to implement the projects but they were rejected. With construction timeline expected to take 15 months, he added that no extension period will be given to complete both projects.

The Eco Park 2 flood mitigation project involved construction of one diversion storm drain, measured between four to six meters in width and 2km-long. For Taman Tunku, the project would involve deepening, widening, as well as strengthening the riverbanks of Sungai Dalam.

“We would improve two detention ponds in the area, to ease the discharging of water. MCC will also look to improve the existing drainage system in Taman Tunku,” he continued. — DayakDaily