Sarawak Committed To Provide Treated Water, Power Supply Projects To Rural Areas

A total of 975 water supply projects estimated to cost RM9.12 billion have been forwarded for consideration to the federal and state governments.


State Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said when implemented, it was expected to benefit around 86,000 families in Sarawak.

In his ministry’s winding up speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting here Tuesday, he said it was also expected to increase treated water supply coverage to about 98 per cent by 2020 from the 79 per cent last year.

He gave assurance the government was committed to ensure this basis amenity would be enjoyed by all the people.

On rural electrification projects, Awang Tengah said since February this year, some 53,52 families had enjoyed power supply supplied through the state grid line.

“By the end of this year, we expect another 13,169 more families to benefit,” he said.

He said under the National Key Result Area (NKRA) programme which started in 2010, the government had spent about RM2.5 billion to expand the gridline into rural areas.

“The cost to bring power supply into every household in rural areas is always increasing.

“We estimate at least a sum of RM6 billion will be needed for this but again, the government is committed to do so and at the same time to come up with a more efficient and effective mean way in doing so,” he said.



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