Water supply project in Niah 80 per cent completed — MP

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MIRI: Water pipe laying work from Kampung Sepupok to Batu Niah and Niah has hit the 80 per cent mark.

Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang said the upgrading project was expected to be completed by end of this year or middle of next year at the latest.

“We are trying to speed up the project to resolve water supply problems faced by some 20,000 people in the three affected areas,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Ahmad Lai admitted that the project was slightly behind schedule because some landowners had refused to allow the pipes to pass through their property.

“I hope those landowners would give their full support for this development project which will benefit many people.”

In the meantime, Ahmad Lai advised the affected people to remain patient as it took time to implement this project.

Time, he added, would also be needed during the water pressure testing phase.

“When the pipes are all laid, the relevant authority will not immediately deliver treated water to households as they have to run water pressure tests first.

“The supply would only start after the pressure tests pass all targets stipulated.”

On Budget 2013 which was unveiled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak last Friday, he described it as “people friendly”.

“The  budget is really comprehensive for it involves people from all strata of life, including disabled people.”

As such, he said, the people should be grateful for having such a people-caring government.