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Kemaskini Pada: 19 Nov 2018
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‘Sares lights up 18 Kapit longhouses, nine more by year-end’
Tarikh : 04 Sep 2018  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post
 

Dr Rundi (standing, fifth left), joined by (from third left), Jamit,Nanta and others, pose with longhouse chiefs for a group photo following the presentation of ownership certificates.

KAPIT: Eighteen longhouses in Sungai Pila, Sungai Gaat and Sungai Katibas Cluster here can now enjoy round-the-clock electricity following the completion of a RM20-million solar power project under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares).

Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi said the longhouses – five in Sg Pila, three in Sg Gaat and eight in Sg Katibas, Song – have a total of 322 households comprising 2,832 residents.

“In addition, a total of 161 households involving nine longhouses in the Mujong area in Kapit will also receive 24-hour electricity supply through Sares when the project – currently under construction – is expected to be completed end of this month,” he said a ceremony to hand over ownership of the Sares systems to longhouse representatives at the district office here yesterday.

Dr Rundi (left) presents a certificate of ownership to Tuai Rumah Sapai Ajong.

According to Dr Rundi, more than 8,700 households from between 300 and 350 villages and longhouses, that are without road access and located far from the grid system, will be supplied with electricity through Sares by using solar power or micro-hydro.

“(A sum of) RM500 million has been allocated between 2016 and 2020 to light up 8,700 households under Sares. Since the implementation of Sares, more than 2,300 households in 98 remote villages and longhouses now enjoy 24-hour electricity supply,” he added.

For Kapit division, he said 46 longhouses with 965 households will get to enjoy electricity under Sares this year, along with a further 23 longhouses next year and 55 more in 2020.

The minister further explained that Sares is implemented in cooperation with the local community, who must give their permission for their land to be cleared and used without any conditions imposed.

“Upon completion of the construction, the system will be handed over to the community for operation and easy maintenance, whereby SEB (Sarawak Energy Berhad) will carry out scheduled maintenance.

In this regard, he congratulated those longhouse residents who have been supplied with Sares for giving cooperation in ensuring the success of the project in their respective area.

Also present at the handing-over of ownership certificates were Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi and Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit.