Dam project to be speeded up
Published on: Sunday, January 13, 2019
By: Jeremy Zabala

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has directed the State Infrastructure Development Ministry to expedite the construction of the new Sabah dam project to ensure sufficient supply of water in the west coast areas.

He said the construction of the new dam was necessary as a long term measure to address water woes plaguing the west coast including the Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Penampang, Inanam and Tuaran areas.

“The state government will look into ways to ensure water supply in Kota Kinabalu and the nearby areas is always sufficient and I have also urged Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony to speed up works on the new dam,” he said.

The comments came following difficulties faced by the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department when putting out a fire at Kampung Pasir Putih, Putatan, near here, as the firefighters were hindered by the low pressure fire hydrants.

In the fire which occurred at about 12.30pm yesterday, 55 squatter homes in the village were destroyed leaving 315 villagers from 74 families homeless.

Mohd Shafie added that it was important to have the new dam as water supply was needed to carry out development works and to cater to the daily needs of the people in the state.

As such he said, the local communities should give their cooperation and accept the construction of the new dam project openly without any protests. 

Shafie also urged the State Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) to be fully prepared in light of potential increase in fire risk due to current hot and dry weather spell.

He said the preparation would include working closely with the Sabah Water Department and district councils to ensure adequate water supply and water pressure was in good condition.

The move was important to enable firefighting operation in the event of fire incident, to be carried out quickly and without any problems such as water shortage or low water pressure, he said.

“JBPM must be observant to ensure adequate preparation and due to the dry season that we are experiencing now, it is necessary to be fully prepared.

“Sometimes, in certain areas there are low water pressure and in such situation JBPM needs to ensure that they have sufficient water, failing which, they need to contact the nearest water department for assistance,” he said.

He also urged Sabah JBPM to provide information and education to the local population on the safety of electrical wiring as well as other safety features approved by JBPM during the construction of the houses.- Jeremy Zabala


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