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November 10, 2017 20:02 PM

Kaiduan Dam Project Needs To Be Implemented Urgently - Pairin

KOTA KINABALU, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- The construction of theKaiduanDam project orKota KinabaluWater Supply project, phase three needed to be implemented urgently due to the current inadequate water capacity, said SabahDeputy Chief MinisterTan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Pairin, who is also SabahInfrastructure Development Minister, said the project would take five years to be ready and the current water supply capacity of439.5 millionlitre dailyis expected tobe sufficientonly up to 2022.

"InKota Kinabaluand its surrounding areas, the residents are expected to increase to1.2million by2020 and as such the Kaiduandam project construction should be implemented assoon as possible," he said during a visit to Kampung Terian, Penampangnear here today.

He said an additional1,000 million litres of water per day was needed for the consumption of residents in andaroundKota Kinabaluuntil2050.

"Only the Kaiduandam that will be built in Ulu Paparis capable of producing water resources of that quantity," he said.

Proposal on the RM2.8 billion dam construction was submitted in 2008 and, based on the planning, it will supply water toKota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Penampang, Putatan andPapardistricts until 2050.

However the proposal caused concern that the ecosystem of SungaiPaparand thetagal systemof community based fisheries management along the river would be affected while the residents in the area concerned alsoraised objection to the project.

Elaborating further,Pairin said the residents in KampungTimpayasah, Tikuand Babagon Lautwouldbe affected by the dam construction and, hence, the state cabinet agreed that those affected would receive better facilities and benefitsas well as resettlement.

He said every household head affected would get0.3 acres of land besides enjoying infrastructure facilities such as schools, health clinics, police pondok, paved roads, amenities and houses of worship.

"In addition, compensation will be given to every household, entailing moving allowance of RM10,000 while the government will also provide five acres of land to every household head for agriculture and a monthly allowance ofRM500for three years," he said.

Pairinsaid the government hoped all matters pertaining to the resettlement, compensation, and living cost benefitswill facilitate the affected residents.



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