MIRI: A total 35 high-impact Water Supply Projects worth RM887 million are currently being implemented to improve the infrastructure and water supply system for Miri Division.
“So far, 17 of these water supply projects which are funded by the Sarawak and Federal governments amounting to RM201 million have been completed and have solved water supply issues in several areas in Miri Division, while 13 projects costing a total of RM483 million are still in the implementation stage.
Additionally, five projects worth RM202 million are still at the planning stage,” said Deputy Minister for Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.
He was speaking at a press conference after chairing a meeting with the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) Miri officers and local community leaders from Baram and Marudi on Tuesday.
Also present was Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.
“The overall progress of 13 projects that are still in the implementation stage are encouraging despite challenges following to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
He added that JBALB Sarawak together with Ministry of Rural Development Malaysia have taken appropriate approaches to ensure that the water supply projects run smoothly and are completed according to the schedule.
He said, those projects (that have been delayed because of COVID-19) were expected to be completed by end of 2023 and early 2024.
Meanwhile, a total seven high impact projects under the “Projek Rakyat” programme aimed at improving the water supply system in the rural areas in Miri division were at the implementation stage.
These projects are the Miri Water Supply source development II (in Bakong); proposed water supply to Kampung Sungai Teniku; the proposed rehabilitation works at Niah water supply scheme; Tinjar clean water supply project phase II(Package I) and Tinjar Clean Water supply (Package II) ; proposed new Marudi Intake and laying of 355mm pump main to existing water main at Marudi; proposed 5.0ML high ground tank and upgrading of pumping system at Bukit Song booster station.
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