Five projects to mitigate floods implemented in Pahang

KUANTAN: The Pahang government has implemented five flood mitigation plans (RTB) and integrated river basin development projects (PLSB) to tackle floods in the state.

State Basic Amenities, Public Delivery System and Innovations Committee chairman Datuk Seri Norol Azali Sulaiman said the projects were being carried out by the Irrigation and Drainage Department.

“These include the RTB phase two project in Bandar Pekan, the PLSB in Sungai Kuantan, phase one of the PLSB Sungai Semantan project in Temerloh which involves a RM50 million allocation and PLSB Sungai Jelai in Lipis costing RM45 million.

“The PLSB projects in Temerloh and Lipis are in the design stage,” he said at the Pahang legislative assembly sitting.

Norol Azali was replying to a question from Chiong Yoke Kong (DAP-Tanah Rata) who asked about the flood mitigation measures and projects taken by the state government in every district, as well as the implementation costs.

On the Bandar Pekan RTB, Pekan, Norol Azali said the completed parts include the Sungai Pahang river levee construction which cost RM120 million.

The Pekan RTB also involved upgrading works of bunds in Selantan, Parit Utama, Sungai Air Hitam, construction of the Ketapang canal, control structures for Sungai Mat Dulang and Sungai Air Tawar as well as other related works, costing RM103 million.

Norol Azali said the Bandar Pekan RTB also included Parcel 2 for the construction of levees along Sungai Pahang and related works costing RM115 million.

“The Sungai Kuantan PLSB involves four packages which include upgrading Sungai Belat and constructing flood prevention structures, while the second package involves construction flood prevention bunds along Sungai Pandan and Sungai Kuantan in Bukit Rangin, now at the design stage.

“The third package involves construction flood prevention bunds in Sungai Kuantan in the Kampung Cenderawasih area and upgrading the existing bund in Kampung Sungai Isap, which are also at the design stage,” he said.

Norol Azali said four more projects involved the deepening of Sungai Kuantan from the river mouth to Kobat Dam here. – Bernama- NST, 19/11/2018