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MIRI: Miri is expected to experience RM2 billion worth of proposed infrastructure development for smooth traffic flow with two huge family park projects in the pipeline under the Ninth Malaysia Plan
|LATEST PLAN: Dr Chan with Abdullah (in foreground), Lee and Aidan (to his right) being briefed by Miri Resident Ose Murang on the development plans on the board.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam revealed this at a press conference when asked on the amount of infrastructure in the pipeline more than five years after Miri attained city status on May 20, 2005.
Dr Chan said this after chairing a Miri Coordinating Committee Meeting attended by the relevant government departments and agencies at the Land and Survey Department’s conference room yesterday.
He said the infrastructure included two flyovers at Pujut corner and the Puchong roundabout, and the proposed link roads to disperse traffic from the Miri-Lutong road to facilitate traffic flow to the city and airport.
The link road from the Asean Bridge to the Miri-Bintulu road and linkages to the Miri by-pass road, dual-carriageway for Tudan and others are in the pipeline. Funds would also be allocated for the cleaning and beautification of Miri River.
Topping the list would be the shifting of about 200 to 300 families along the river to low-cost housing schemes or resettlement lots if land is available. But the State government discouraged the latter in its resettlement approach, Dr Chan said.
A road from Curtin University of Technology Sarawak campus to the beach along the Kuala Baram Road would be built to provide easy access for the university population and nearby residential areas.
There are about half of the 6,000 squatters left in Miri following the massive relocation exercise to Tudan Desaras from the colony at Canada Hill, and efforts would be made to progressively resettle the rest.
The riverine squatter relocation would be given top priority as the authorities intend to clean up the river of the pollution caused by this colony, where hanging toilets on stilts are the main discharge mechanism for human excreta.
The Federal government, through the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), would be allocating a few million ringgit for the cleaning up and beautification of Miri River.
We hope that by then we can jump in and swim without worrying about pollution, he quipped.
Miri City Council has been instructed to trap and collect floating debris in the Miri River which had landed up on beaches, pending the relocation of the squatters.
On the proposed family parks to cover thousands of acres, Dr Chan said one would be located in the north at Tudan-Permyjaya area with flood mitigation via huge water retention ponds as an integral feature, the other in the south on Sibuti beach.
Another major issue discussed at the meeting yesterday was the relocation of over 1,000 small and medium industry operators within five years to various residential areas throughout the city, including Krokop.
Dr Chan said this was necessary to take the noise and other forms of pollution from housing areas so residents get better quality of living.
The authorities also plan to look into ways to upgrade and expand Miri Polyclinic to redress congestion problems and provide better healthcare services.
Among those present at the meeting were Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications Lee Kim Shin, Lambir assemblyman Aidan Wing, Miri Resident Ose Murang, Miri Divisional Land and Survey Department Superintendent Abdullah Julaihi, and other department heads and representatives.
Source: Borneo Post Online
Some questions that popped up in my mind:
Nothing on Marina Park?
Why Miri River is black in color?