DID needs RM1.8 bil for Kuching flood mitigation plan

By S. Harrish

THE Kuching flood mitigation project will cost about RM1.8 billion and the Sarawak Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) is seeking for the amount under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

State DID director Datuk Chok Moi Soon said the project comprised the construction of an 8km flood bypass channel to Batang Salak as well as other structures including a barrage, a tidal control gate, two bridges, river closure and a flood bund.

He told Borneo Post that 2 km of the flood bypass channel had been completed under the ninth Malaysia Plan and that the department had submitted the design for other structures under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP).

“We completed the design and land acquisition under 10MP. We were supposed to do part of the project under 11MP. However, our former chief minister the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem requested to use the funds to mitigate flash floods in Kuching.

“So we are bidding for RM1.8 billion under the 12MP for the Flood Mitigation Project for Kuching City,” he said.

Chok said the current floods here were a result of Sungai Sarawak bursting its banks due to a combination of the amount of river water and the King Tide.

Under the flood mitigation project, he said there would be a flood bund to stop the spillover of water from the rivers into the city.