Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Residents of Batu Kawa are reminded to cooperate with the staff of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to upgrade the drainage system in their residential areas.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian gave this reminder for the benefit of the community as a whole and the understanding and agreement of the residents are needed.

“Local communities will need to help DID Sarawak for the project to proceed as some of the houses have been extended illegally to the drainage reserve (area in the back alley),” he said in a Facebook post late last Saturday (July 4).

He was visiting the site of the first phase of the drainage upgrading project at Desa Wira involving 15 back alleys with DID Sarawak director Datuk Ir Chok Moi Sun.

Dr Sim, who is Batu Kawa assemblyman, said the first phase of the project cost RM29 million and was part of the 12th Malaysia Plan from 2021 until 2026, which in total cost RM120 million.

“Over the next few years, the whole of Desa Wira, after more than forty years, will not only have concrete drains but also proper levelling for the water to run off as part of flood mitigation,” he said.

He thanked the DID for their efficiency in attending to the project as it was only recently that the consultants were appointed and the open tender will be rolled out this month.

“I was told the rest of the tender will be progressively rolled out in the next three months,” he said.