United efforts needed to mitigate flooding

¬Dr Sim (second right) surveys the upgrading works at Taman Desa Wira, Batu Kawa.

KUCHING: Works related to the drainage upgrade at Taman Desa Wira and flood mitigation at Batu Kawa require the integrated efforts from relevant agencies and developers.

This is meant to prioritise and expedite the projects costing RM120 million.

The Taman Desa Wira drainage upgrade and Batu Kawa flood mitigation efforts in seven different zones will be sped up to achieve completion within the next year or two, asserted Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

“Flooding needs all the different related agencies, the developers, and the public to come together, namely all those concerned need to play their role and do their part not just locally but along the entire length of the natural streams and rivers,” he said.

The Batu Kawa assemblyman said this in a Facebook post today after his visit to Taman Desa Wira on Friday to investigate and plan solutions to the recent flash floods near the areas.

Accompanying him on his visit were Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Sarawak director Datuk Chok Moi Soon, Padawan Municipal Council (PMC) secretary Elizabeth Loh, PMC acting council engineer Mohd Hazwan Othman, and other representatives.

Dr Sim said the developer would continue to excavate more aggressively with daily clearing works of the riverbank construction at Pine Square to ensure the smooth flow of rainwater from Taman Desa Wira in Batu Kawa.

“The temporary bridge structure from Lorong 3, which has narrowed the river, is to be removed once work is completed in the next few weeks.

“DID Sarawak is to immediately deepen the river in sections not covered by the developer. Furthermore, they are to process the recently closed open tender for Lorong 17 and 17A of Taman Desa Wira by selecting the most competent contractor to be awarded the contract and to start on the works immediately,” he said.

He also said PMC was to stringently enforce the local law on any developers in Batu Kawa which had caused obstructions to the flow of drain water.

Dr Sim reiterated that Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak director Datuk Zuraimi Sabki will be looking into the downstream flow obstruction of Sungai Maong which was due to the construction of the new bridge at Kampung Sungai Maong.