Melaka offers to pay first for water project

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 28 Sep 2019

Durian Tunggal Dam in Alor Gajah is drying out due to the prolonged drought and lack of water being channelled into the dam.

MELAKA: Melaka will ask the National Water Service Commission (SPAN) to allow the state to come up with the initial funding to develop water infrastructure in the state.

Chief Minister Adly Zahari said the state government has applied for a total of RM128mil from the Federal Government to construct storage sites and a new piping system.

“However, the allocation could take a while before it is channelled to the state, hence, we would suggest the possibility that the state comes up with the initial fund to expedite the water infrastructure projects.

“Melaka water concessionaire - Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad (SAMB) - would come up with the initial funding, ” he said at Seri Negeri here.

Adly said the state government will hold a meeting with SPAN on Oct 8 where the matter will be discussed.

He said the state government was serious in ensuring water supply disruptions do not occur in the future.

Medium and long-term plans are also in place to address the shortage of water supply in the state, he added.

He said the state government has finalised the RM35mil Tasik Biru project in Chinchin, Jasin which is expected to be completed early next year.

The lake, which was an abandoned mine, can pump up to 200 million litres of water a day to the Durian Tunggal Dam in Alor Gajah.

Adly added the construction of a new dam, Sungai Jernih Dam at Alor Gajah, costing RM270mil, is awaiting approval from the Federal Government before the tender process opens later this year.

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