Inspection uncovers drainage issues in S’kan
Published on: Friday, September 20, 2019
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SANDAKAN: Blocked and cemented drains, drains covered by soil, overflowing sewerage and collapsed drains were among other issues faced by Taman Indah will be addressed jointly by Elopura Assemblyman Calvin Chong Ket Kiun, Highway & Public Utilities Committee (HPUC), Public Works Department (PWD) and Drainage & Irrigation Department (DID).

HPUC headed by Taren Sunil Manoharan and a representative from the DID, Henry Chong and  Calvin together with his team inspected the area.

“During the visit we found many things that needed urgent repair and rectification,” said Taren who, together with fellow MPS Councilor Bryan Chang, was accompanying Calvin during the inspection.

“We saw many drains blocked by weeds. We even discovered that a few house owners have cemented and blocked drains behind their houses with no regard that their action would affect drainage in the area,” he said.

“At one place, sewerage could be seen flowing into Sungai Kebun Cina and we immediately informed the Public Works Department (JKR) and demanded for their prompt action,” he said.

In other areas, roadside drains were covered by soil. There were also collapsed drains which contributed to stagnation of water. 

The joint team was shocked to discover that several drains leading from Sung Siew Primary School that were supposed to flow into the river were in fact, surprisingly, not even connected to the river. 

Representatives from DID promised to look into the problem and find a solution. 

“We shall also be taking immediate measures to repair a dilapidated bridge in the area. This will have to be done promptly as it is a safety issue for the public,” he stressed.

During the visit to a public park located behind Indah Club, the visitors found that some unknown person or persons have built a shack to store his or her items. 

At the shop lot area near Happy Mart the team found that the roads and curbs were in need of maintenance and cleaning. 

The relevant contractor will be informed and asked to do their contracted job accordingly, Taren said. 

“Calvin and his team together with HPUC, DID, JKR and other local authorities have been making regular site visits and inspections on different areas of Sandakan as part of our effort to serve the people by improving the facilities of our town. 

“We hope all Sandakan residents will extend their cooperation to us and together make Sandakan a cleaner and more comfortable place for the good of everyone,” concluded Taren Sunil.


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