He said Melaka needed an additional RM36mil from the initial RM163mil budget approved by the Federal government because of cost overrun after the project was stopped due to glitches.
“The project was shelved in 2018 and we have reactivated the project with the help of Chief Minister Adly Zahari to obtain extra funds,” he said in an interview.
Khoo said the construction of the new dam was crucial to avoid a water crisis in the state as the per-capita supply was expected to reach a critical point in a few years’ time if no measures are taken now.
He said RM73mil was used for land acquisition and the tender process to construct the dam was ongoing.
Khoo said water capacity at the three existing dams in Durian Tunggal, Jus and Asahan in Jasin would be enhanced.
He said the water supply in Melaka was getting worse because of rapid development and growing urban population as well as climate change.
“Hence, we are looking into technology to address the depleting water resources in the state,” he added.
Khoo, who is also Kota Melaka MP, said an immediate solution must be sought as water shortage had a profound impact on economic development of the state.
“I have invited universities and technical experts to introduce new technologies,” he added.
Some of the ideas being considered include recycling wastewater, desalination and using freshwater from groundwater resources.
Khoo hoped to have an action plan in place by next year to avoid rationing in the future.
The water rationing exercise, which began in the state on Wednesday, affects over half a million people in Melaka.
Adly had said the rationing was implemented in order to ensure stability and for more water to collect in dams in preparation for the hot and dry weather in the second phase of the Northeast Monsoon, which is expected to end in March.
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