KOTA KINABALU: The government hopes to implement the proposed Kaiduan Dam project in Penampang within these three years to ensure sufficient water supply in Kota Kinabalu and its vicinity until 2050.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, said the project need to be carried out in order to create a buffer for the Babagon Dam as presently its capacity was just merely enough to cater for the increasing consumers demand.
Pairin who is also the Infrastructure Development Minister, said before the proposed plans could go ahead the State Water Department and District Office will hold a dialogue session with the people living around the proposed site.
“We hope those involved in the protest will come together so that we could raise the awareness on the need to have the Kaiduan Dam build,” Pairin told reporters after representing Chief Minister DatukSeri Musa Haji Aman in officiating at the Sabah State-level World Water Day cum Conference &Exhibition 2015 from March 23 to 25 at a resort here yesterday.
“Now we are feeling the heat and shortage of water because of the drought. The affected villagers had request for water supply to be transported to their areas. We must acknowledge there is a problem which we have to resolve together,” Pairin noted.-Sayangsabah