When will Jalan Masjid-Lebuh Java-Jalan Market drainage project be completed?

Dr Yii (left) and Tan (right) catching up with a business operator on the impact of the long-delayed project.

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KUCHING, Jan 5: The delay of Jalan Masjid-Lebuh Java-Jalan Market drainage upgrade project completion year after year is unacceptable with construction appearing to have been abandoned presently as grass can be seen growing on a big hole right in the middle of the road. 

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the long delay in project completion did not only cause inconveniences but also presented hazards to the surrounding business community and the public. 

“We were informed that many people, especially elderly, have fallen down while walking on the uneven surfaces and one even broke her finger.

“The big hole is a hazard especially when it is flooded as cars may not be able to see where the hole is. 

“There must be an urgent intervention from DBKU (Kuching North City Commission) on this matter,” he said in a statement today after visiting the area with another member Democratic Action Party (DAP) Julian Tan who was formerly Stampin MP.

Quoting the developer, Dr Yii said the whole project was expected to be completed by end of April 2021 as it was already in the last phase of construction with most works especially along Jalan Masjid and Jalan Market to be done by March including road resurfacing. 

After written an official letter to DBKU, Dr Yii was glad to receive a positive response whereby the two parties will meet next Monday (Jan 10) for a dialogue to get an update on the project progress, current project timeline as well as find solutions to any obstacles, disputes or challenges. 

“In our last conversation with DBKU Mayor (Datuk Junaidi Reduan), we were informed that they are forming a special taskforce to review the project including addressing any disputes and obstacles as well as to expedite the project. 

“They have given assurance then that they are prioritising this project and will look into resolving the remaining outstanding issues. 

“I am glad for their (DBKU) openness to engage with us as we find a solution for this long-delayed problem that has affected the people so much,” he added.— DayakDaily