THE flooding woes in the south Seberang Prai district will be a thing of the past once an ongoing RM96mil flood mitigation project is completed.
The project includes the building of bunds and retaining walls as well as placing of rocks along Sungai Kerian.
It also involves the upgrading of the existing Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS)'s water pump station in Nibong Tebal.
Penang Federal Action Council chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman said the project which began last August was on schedule.
“It’s now 22% completed and is expected to be finished by November,” he said in a press conference yesterday.
“The cost of the project is RM46mil including works along the 15km of Sungai Kerian on the Penang side.
“Land acquisition will cost a further RM50mil including compensation to 86 families who have been living along the river for a long time.
“We will pay each family RM42,000 for them to buy the Government's low-cost units,” said Zainal Abidin.
The 40km Sungai Kerian runs through three states — Kedah, Perak and Penang.
“I hope that once the project is completed, there will be no more major floods in the area, and the plantations and padi fields along the river will not be inundated again,” Zainal Abidin said.
He later toured the river on a boat to inspect the project, accompanied by JPS deputy director Md Khuzai Hussain, state Development Department officer Syed Shaari Syed Abdullah and Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Shah Headan Hussain Ayob Shah.