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RM65 mln proposed for flood mitigation projects in Kampung Sentosa, Jalan Tekam
Posted on : 15 Jun 2020  Source of News: The Borneopost online
 

Rudi (front, centre) joins Wong on his left and other visitors in a photo-call at the divisional DID office.

SIBU: An allocation of RM65 million is proposed to fund flood mitigation plans slated for Kampung Sentosa and Jalan Tekam, as well as its surroundings areas.

According to Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Sarawak divisional engineer (Sibu and Kapit) Rudi Zamhari, RM25 million from the proposed amount would be for works on Kampung Sentosa, which is always hit by flash floods whenever there is a downpour.

“A faster solution is to increase the frequency of clearing works on the drains, from once to three times a year,” he said when met at his office here yesterday, where he received a visit from Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Dudong branch chairman Wong Ching Yong, Pesaka Bumiputera Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Dudong deputy chairman Jamil Julaihi and Councillor Nazatulshima Bujang.

The purpose of the visit was to seek solutions and assistance from the DID regarding the frequent flash floods hitting Kampung Sentosa and Jalan Tekam – both in Dudong state constituency.

It is stated that there is a 11.3km stretch of drainage surrounding Kampung Sentosa, which is under the purview of DID Sarawak.

Regarding the flood problems faced by the people at Jalan Tekam and its surrounding areas, Rudi said the department had proposed a flood mitigation plan costing around RM40 million, which had entered its final stage of planning before obtaining approval from the Sarawak government.

He said the flood mitigation plan proposed for Kampung Sentosa had been submitted for government’s approval, whereas the one slated for Jalan Tekam and also areas surrounding the adjacent Jalan Aman, was still under preparation.

He said the proposed works would include elevation of road level including Jalan Lanang and areas around Kingwood Hotel, water control structure, installation of reinforced concrete (RC) drains, and relocation of utilities infrastructure.

According to Rudi, Sibu has the most extensive flood mitigation plan in comparison with Kuching, Bintulu and Miri.

He said the previous flood mitigation plan had identified 11 locations where water pumps would be installed.

These 11 locations are Sungei Engkabang near the Police Field Force, Upper Lanang, Jalan Alan, Jalan Ek Dee, Kingwood Hotel, Sibu Central Market, Paramount Hotel, Sungai Bakong near Sibu Resident’s Office, Sungai Beranggau near Bangunan Hamimas, Sungai Antu, Jalan Pahlawan and Jalan Ling Kai Cheng.

The works on installing the first five pumps had reached completion and are now in operation, while works on the remaining six are still on-going.