(Seated fourth from left) Lee, Lau, Yii and Karambir together with the representatives from MCC, JKR and L&S Department looking at the drainage project plan for Miri during the meeting.
MIRI: The Miri Urban Drainage Committee is going to request for an allocation under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) for flood mitigation project at the Taman Selera area.
Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin said many facilities at Taman Selera had been badly affected by the flash flood last year.
“We don’t want such problem to happen again. Thus, we are going to request for funds under RTP for the flood mitigation project at Taman Selera,” he said at a press conference after chairing the drainage committee meeting at the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) office here yesterday.
Lee, who is also Senadin assemblyman, added that DID was also going to build a retaining wall at Grand Park housing estate located in the valley area.
On other projects, he said the construction of a major storm drain passing through Riam Jaya to Sungai Lusut was now 90 per cent completed.
Once the storm drain had been completed, he said it would reduce the water flowing into Eco Park housing area.
For the second storm drain project to connect Eco Park to the sea, he said DID was still trying to get consent from the private land owners to acquire the land as the project would pass through two private plots of land.
Lee also wanted the committee to meet the developer to find a solution to the flooding problem that hit the oldest Chinese temple in the city, ‘Tua Pek Kong’.
He has also highlighted the needs for DID, Miri City Council and Public Works Department to improve and upgrade all the drainage system in the city, particularly the older ones.
Such was needed, he said, to ensure the drainage system was able to function effectively.
The committee chairman Law Wee, representatives from MCC, JKR and Land and Survey Department as well as chairman of SUPP Pujut Adam Yii and SUPP Piasau secretary Karambir Singh were also present at the meeting.