EcoPark’s storm drain project needs support from all — Lee

Lee (front, third left) being briefed by the resident engineer Desmond Yong regarding the progress of the project.

MIRI: The cooperation from the land owners and utilities providers is crucial in ensuring that works on the storm drain project at the EcoPark area would go smoothly and reach completion in time.

According to Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin, the contract for the
RM11.5-million project was issued via open tender and the works had been on-going since mid-March this year.

However, it is facing delays due to issues involving the land owners and utilities companies.

“As of October, over 15 per cent of actual works has been done – far from the expected progress time meant for this project,” said Lee when met after conducting inspection on the works at the project site yesterday.

The minister noted that the land acquisition and compensation processes, through the Land and Survey Department, had been met with challenges, particularly relating to three parcels of land.

The issue with the utilities providers was related to the payment for relocations, he observed.

“We are appealing to all the relevant agencies and individuals to give their full cooperation in enabling this project to reach completion as soon as possible,” called Lee, stating that the land acquisition was necessary under Section 48 of Sarawak Land Code for public purposes.

For the utilities companies concerned – namely Sarawak Energy, Telekom Malaysia, Laku Managament Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Gas – the minister called upon them to relocate their utilities as soon as possible to make way to the storm drain works.

Lee said upon completion of the project, funded by the Sarawak government, the flooding issue affecting EcoPark, Miri International Airport and the surrounding areas, would be a thing of the past.

“As I understand it, the rainwater would be diverted into the sea through the storm drain.

Additionally, Lee also reminded the Department of Irrigation and Drainage to clear out all retention ponds at EcoPark as soon as possible, in view of the rainy season that is expected to arrive end of this month.

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