Truth on Bengoh emerge from Auditor General’s report!
|Re-settlement site still not ready for Bengoh folks.|
Earlier there was a report that the government selected re-settlement site was not suitable-but now fuller details from the much missed report reveal more problems with the dam: cost over-run!
Acquisition, resettlement send Bengoh cost spiralling
Sarawak’s yet-to-be completed Bengoh Dam could cost an additional RM60.57 million, according to the 2010 Auditor General’s Report.
|Kg Semadang/Tmn Tun Abdul Razak-still an empty patch!|
The dam, located about 40km from Kuching, will supply untreated water to the Kuching Water Board’s treatment plant until 2030.
The initial construction cost stands at RM310.65 million. The amount was a secured loan from the federal government.
Work began in July 2007 and was scheduled for completion in December 2010 but as of February 2011, only 97.3% of the dam has been completed.
The audit report has attributed the delay to poor coordination between land acquisition, the resettlement of nearby villagers and the preparation of the Bengoh Residents Resettlement Scheme.
The dam will affect 1,585 people from four villages.
The audit report found that as of February 2011, the land acquisition and resettlement processes were far from complete as the resettlement site had been changed numerous times.
“To avoid flooding in the affected villages during the dam construction, an additional culvert had to be built costing RM1.65 million.
“This further required additional work to secure a section of the Bengoh riverbank downstream which cost another RM0.55 million,” noted the report.
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