Delayed drainage project among causes of regular flash floods

Dr Kelvin (standing) and Anthony checking the work in progress

By John Isaac

THE long-delayed drainage upgrades along Jln Masjid, Lebuh Java and Jln Market in Kuching are expected to be completed by April this year.

Bandar Kuching MP, Dr Kelvin Yii said he had recently visited the project site and was informed that it was in the final phase.

“The project will be completed by the end of April, which also includes the resurfacing of the road.

“In December last year, I had a dialogue with the Mayor of Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and his officers to request urgent intervention and to expedite the project.

“This was for the convenience and safety of the public. I was informed that DBKU will set up a task force to address any disputes and delays and to expedite the project,” he said.

Dr Kelvin visited the site with Julian Tan, who is the special assistant to Sarawak DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen; and Dapsy Kuching chief, Anthony Chin.

He said the slow progress of the RM7 million project had caused much inconvenience and also posed significant danger to the road users, business owners and those working in the vicinity.

Surrounding the area, business owners and road users told us how the long-delayed construction has affected their businesses and livelihoods.

“There is also a government clinic in the area which is constantly filled with patients. Such delays are not just affecting their livelihoods but putting their lives and safety at risk,” he said.

Due to the delay, he said the area was still experiencing constant flash floods.

“That is why we hope the project can be completed as soon as possible for the good and safety of the people.

“We will continue to monitor it as we do not want any unwanted incidents to occur,” he added.