Water catchment system to prevent flooding

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Development will install a water catchment system in Kampung Menglait, as one of the projects to prevent flash flooding in the area.

Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar yesterday informed State Legislative Council (LegCo) members of ongoing infrastructure works to prevent flash floods in Brunei.

"It is hoped that this project (water catchment system) will be implemented and the area will benefit with regards to flash floods," he said.

The minister was responding to a query from Dato Paduka Hj Idris Hj Abas, where the LegCo member voiced concerns of Kampung Menglait's residents at the LegCo sitting yesterday.

"I have received complaints from the community in Kampung Menglait, which often experienced flash floods during heavy rain. This is caused by the condition of the drains which has been cluttered with growth of long grass caused by lack of maintenance," he said.

"Cleaning is done only after several complaints and even this takes time. They are requesting for the construction of new drains to facilitate water flow," he added.

Apart from the water catchment system, Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah added he had also observed littering in drains obstructing water flow, adding litterbugs would be warned and instructed to throw their rubbish in responsible manner.

The minister said the Public Works Department does not endorse the attitude of "wait, look and then do".

"Wherever there is work that can be done, it will be done," he said, to answer Belait representative Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad on the drainage systems in Kampung Lumut, Sungai Liang and Mumong.

"These areas are flood prone and I would like to propose and suggest the construction of a concrete drainage system that is more systematic to avoid the problem of flooding in these areas," he said, citing the interior areas of Brunei-Muara district.

The minister replied the drainage in the areas were being looked into, however, priority had to be given to the system in Seria.

Flooding in Ulu-Tutong was also raised by Orang Kaya Maha Bijaya Hj Othman Uking. "These matters will be investigated and repairs will follow," the minister said.

Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah also talked on current road infrastructure works at Jalan Seria to Tutong and Telisai bypass.

"These projects cost $7.8 million and another project which will cost approximately tens of millions of dollars," he said, adding that both projects are expected to be completed around August 2011.

The Brunei Times