‘Allow use of pump house to solve woes’

THE Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (KeTTHA) has been urged to allow the usage of Mak Sulong pump house to channel water from Sungai Kulim to Mengkuang Dam in Bukit Mertajam.

Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin said the move would help mitigate flooding in Kampung Mengkuang Titi, Sungai Kuala Mengkuang, Kampung Mengkuang Mak Sulong, Kampung Terus, Kampung Mengkuang and Kampung Tun Sardon.

She said although upgrading works at the pump house had been carried out, the ministry has yet to hand it over to PBA Holdings Bhd, whose subsidiary Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) manages the local water supply.

Dr Norlela said the pump house was vital for flood mitigation as 1,053 households comprising 5,265 people were affected by floods last year.

“My appeal is for both sides to consider the plight of the flood victims.

“Besides mitigating flood, the pump house could also pump water from Sungai Kulim to fill up the Mengkuang Dam, which is now only 24% full,” she added.

It was earlier reported that the Penang government has laid down seven conditions for KeTTHA, to comply before it hands back the dam and the Mak Sulong pump house.

The state government had handed over the dam to KeTTHA for the expansion project which started in 2011.

Among the conditions set by the state government was that KeTTHA would need to complete the originally specified RM100mil raw water pipeline project from the newly upgraded Mak Sulong pump house in central Seberang Prai to the Sungai Dua Canal by March 2020.

As the dam was not filled yet, it also stated that KeTTHA would have to bear the raw water pumping cost at the Mak Sulong pump house to completely fill up the dam.

KeTTHA is also required to repair all damaged slopes around the dam and its entrance caused by the heavy rainfall in September and November last year, and replant grass around the dam.

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