Hornbill Unleashed

May 17, 2017

Ministry takes note of See’s suggestion on DID playing direct role

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

THE suggestion by See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) for the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to play a more direct role in the planning permission stage in the State Planning Authority (SPA) will be given due consideration.

Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said his ministry would take note of See’s suggestion and would bring it up to the relevant authorities for their consideration. Penguang said this during the question-and-answer session at the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday.

See, when presenting his supplementary questions, said the DID should be directly involved and play a bigger role in the planning permission stage in SPA considering that they have the technical expertise.

“Based on the guideline, at the technical planning permission stage, DID’s advice and comments have to be conveyed to the SPA through the Land and Survey Department,” he added.

Penguang said based on the current practice, the DID would definitely prepare the drainage masterplan on the appropriate size of river and drain reserves as inputs to the planning authorities.

“But all stormwater management requirements will be vetted at the Engineering Plan stage and the consultants who are engaged by the developers are encouraged to engage with DID prior to the planning submissions.”

In response to See’s questions on the guidelines, rules and regulations before the implementation of the Sarawak Urban Storm Water Management Manual (SUStom) guideline and the legal provisions as well as consequences of violation, Penguang said because of storms, the rules and regulations to backfilling, closure, interruptions and diversion of natural and existing streams and drains were clearly spelt out in the Land Code.

“However, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing is in the midst of proposing the bylaws on earthworks and erosion and sediment control in order to control the work as well as during the development processes especially in  areas under the jurisdiction of local authorities in Sarawak.”

Earlier, in response to See’s query on the progress of revising the state laws and devising regulations to incorporate SUStom guidelines in urban development design and approval, Penguang said since he had delved at length on Monday when responding to a question from Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman (BN-Tupong) into the same specific issue, it would suffice for him to say the requirement of SUStom was now one of the approval conditions by the SPA for any new development project.

As for the roles of DID in the whole scheme, Penguang said DID would check and ensure compliance with technical requirements of storm water management for SUStom as well as the Erosion and Sedition Control Plan prior to commencement of any earthwork.

Source : @ The Borneo Post Online


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