Kaiduan Dam Project Needs To Be Implemented Urgently - Pairin

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KOTA KINABALU, Nov 10 -- The construction of the Kaiduan Dam project or Kota Kinabalu Water Supply project, phase three needed to be implemented urgently due to the current inadequate water capacity, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Pairin, who is also Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister, said the project would take five years to be ready and the current water supply capacity of 439.5 million litre daily is expected to be sufficient only up to 2022.

“In Kota Kinabalu and its surrounding areas, the residents are expected to increase to 1.2 million by 2020 and as such the Kaiduandam project construction should be implemented as soon as possible,” he said during a visit to Kampung Terian, Penampang near here today.

He said an additional 1,000 million litres of water per day was needed for the consumption of residents in and around Kota Kinabalu until 2050.

“Only the Kaiduan dam that will be built in Ulu Papar is 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 to Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Penampang, Putatan and Papar districts until 2050.

However the proposal caused concern that the ecosystem of Sungai Papar and the tagal system of community based fisheries management along the river would be affected while the residents in the area concerned also raised objection to the project.

Elaborating further, Pairin said the residents in Kampung Timpayasah, Tiku and Babagon Laut would be affected by the dam construction and, hence, the state cabinet agreed that those affected would receive better facilities and benefits as well as resettlement.

He said every household head affected would get 0.3 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 of RM500 for three years,” he said.

Pairin said the government hoped all matters pertaining to the resettlement, compensation, and living cost benefits will facilitate the affected residents.

-- BERNAMA