Before hearing the introduction on the budget proposal for the Ministry of development, the Council approved the allocation for the Ministry of Religious Affairs amounting to $262,975,280 and made it as part of the Supply bill 2021/2022 Schedule.
In his introduction of the Ministry of Development's proposed budget allocation, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ingenieur Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, underscored that the ministry will continue to be committed in the plans to further enhance the development infrastructure to catalyse the country's socio-economic growth and enhance the population's life quality. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ingenieur Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, also shared a number of the Ministry of Development's achievements since 2020 and early 2021 from the aspect of infrastructure.
The Minister of Development added, in upholding the initiatives made by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, the completed projects include the provision of infrastructure for the 30 acre Kandul area socio-commercial paddy planting Phase One Project in Belait District. The second phase is expected to begin this year. Other completed projects include improvements on housing of which allocations have been made for this year's national housing scheme applicant including 10 terrace house units at Kampung Rimba National Housing Scheme, 20 terrace house units at Kampung Bukit Beruang and 300 units at Kampung Lambak Kanan; Fourth and Fifth Stage treatment at the Water Treatment Plant to increase clean water production by 12 to 18 per cent up to 33 to 38 million litres per day. Yang Berhormat also said, in addressing the flood problems which are influenced by climate change, a number of coastal conservation as well as drainage and sewerage projects have been carried out at several strategic areas. Flood prone areas have been reduced by 47%, the sewerage system increased from 92 to 94 % and coastal conservation has been increased to 43% to tackle the rise in sea levels.
Source: Radio Television Brunei