RM165mil to resolve erosion problems along Pantai Rusila

The residents along the affected stretch of Pantai Rusila have put up wave breakers to prevent further erosion. — Bernama

MARANG: The Environment and Water Ministry has allocated RM165mil to address erosion problems along Pantai Rusila here.

Its minister Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said RM15mil was for short-term solutions while RM150mil would be used to resolve the problem along the affected 6km stretch permanently.

“The short-term work involves a beach nourishment project, where we reclaim the shoreline with sand. This is expected to be completed within three years,” he said after visiting the erosion site here.

Tuan Ibrahim said the long-term strategy involved the construction of a nearshore breakwater or groin structure, which would be completed under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

“This long-term strategy will be implemented based on the current Integrated Shoreline Management Plan (ISMP) studies,” he said, adding that the ISMP was a holistic study of the entire coastline in Terengganu, spanning 244km.

He said the Federal Government, under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) allocated RM1.76bil to the Terengganu state government for the natural environment and water sectors.

“Of this, RM162.6mil was allocated for the environmental sector, while RM1.599bil was for the water sector under the 11MP Rolling Plan project (RP4) for Terengganu, which mainly involves coastal projects,” he said. – Bernama

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