Sarawak to boost man­age­ment of water catch­ment ar­eas

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PE­TRA JAYA: Sarawak will im­prove its man­age­ment of water catch­ment ar­eas to en­sure that high qual­ity water is supplied to the peo­ple in the in­te­ri­ors.

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Abang Amar Jo­hari Abang Openg said he had di­rected the Ru­ral Water Sup­ply Depart­ment to look into the is­sue and carry out works to im­prove the man­age­ment of water catch­ment ar­eas in the state.

“I have read the re­port (Au­di­tor General’s Re­port 2016) and I will di­rect the depart­ment and other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to look into the mat­ter,” he said after the launch of the city’s 29th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion at Sta­dium Per­pad­uan here yes­ter­day.

The re­port stated that 18 rivers, which were the source of pub­lic water sup­ply, were semipol­luted and sub­mit­ted a rec­om­men­da­tion to gazette the iden­ti­fied catch­ment ar­eas to avoid any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in the ar­eas.

“I will study the re­port on other ar­eas and is­sues that need to be ad­dressed,” he said.

Ear­lier, Abang Jo­hari said Kuching aimed to cut down pol­lu­tion by us­ing elec­tric pub­lic trans­port.

“Kuching is well-known for its clean­li­ness and unity. But, we want to do more for the city. Hence, we are look­ing into ways to in­tro­duce elec­tric-pow­ered pub­lic trans­port to im­prove air qual­ity.”

The state gov­ern­ment, he said, would up­grade recre­ational parks.

“We plan to trans­form the old State Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly (DUN) Com­plex into an art and craft ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre, cre­at­ing a plat­form for the mul­tira­cial so­ci­ety to dis­play their unique hand­i­crafts.

“We also plan to build a bridge con­nect­ing the old DUN build­ing to the cur­rent DUN com­plex and the Kuching Wa­ter­front,” he said.

At the same event, Abang Jo­hari also launched the “DBKU Metropoli­tan Free Wifi”, where wifi ser­vices will be avail­able for city folks and tourists vis­it­ing Padang Merdeka and Kuching Wa­ter­front.

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