Some 49 families staying at Muk Ayung, above the waterline at the Bengoh Dam, have been urged to move to the Bengoh Resettlement Scheme (BRS) which has better facilities.
Mambong assemblyman Jerip Susil said the authorities were concerned about the security and safety aspects at the dam.
“Agricultural activities above the water line would pollute the water, which is for drinking as well,” the assemblyman told The Borneo Post.
He also said there are better facilities for the families at the BRS including schools for their children.
Jerip was commenting on Public Utilities Minister Stephen Rundi Utom’s statement on Wednesday that he would discuss outstanding issues at Bengoh Dam with Chief Minister Adenan Satem and him (Jerip).
In return for moving out, Jerip said the issues the 49 families raised with the Sarawak Government had been noted.
“They are now in the process of being resolved,” said Jerip. “The various authorities are working on them.”
The families want compensation for their NCR land above the perimeter at the dam site and more land allocated per family. At present, the families have been allocated three acres each for commercial farming.
“The NCR land compensation issue has been brought to the attention of the relevant authorities,” said Jerip.
“It’s now pending approval.”
Besides, he pointed out, houses allocated to the 49 families in BRS were free and had been completed. Also, the government would give each family RM8,000 to move to the resettlement scheme.
“I advise our people to take these offers,” said Jerip. “Their children will have better access to the modern facilities in BRS.”
The Bengoh Dam, a raw water reservoir, will supply water to Kuching, Samarahan and parts of Serian. The government wants the Bengoh Dam site uninhabited.
The dam was built to ensure sufficient water supply for a population of one million in Kuching by 2030.
It works on the principle of storing water during high tide and releasing it downstream during low tide for utilisation.
Work on the dam began in 2007 and was almost completed by January 2016.
Source : FMT Online