Currently, Negri Sembilan and Melaka are in the midst of discussions to finalise certain issues before the construction of the dam takes off, he added.
“The dam will be built in Melaka and we have completed the land acquisition process.
“We hope to find a long-term solution (to water woes) with a fourth dam in the state,” he said.
Adly added the dam project which was halted in 2017, has been revived by the current state government.
He added that water from Rembau in Negri Sembilan was expected to be channelled to the dam.
“Water from the Sungai Rembau tributary passes through Melaka.”
Adly said the RM168mil Jernih Dam would complement three others, namely the Durian Tunggal Dam in Alor Gajah and the Jus and Asahan dams in Jasin.
Adly also announced that the state planned to build a water treatment plant with a capacity of treating nine million litres of raw water.
He said the construction at Sungai Siput would start next month and would cost RM11.5mil.
Once operational, the Sungai Siput plant would reduce dependency on the Gadek plant and channel supply to Masjid Tanah and other rural areas.
On another matter, Adly said stringent enforcement would be initiated against suppliers and traders who continued to sell or use polystyrene food containers.
The four local councils in the state, he said, would act against the culprits as Melaka had banned the use of polystyrene food containers since January 2016. — By RSN MURALI
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