THE Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water has approved for the Mengkuang Dam in Bukit Mertajam to be closed in stages to ensure the adjoining recreational park will remain open during the first phase of the dam extension works.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Ministry conveyed its decision in a letter to the Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) dated Aug 1 and signed by the Water Supply Department (JBA) director-general Dr Hasnul Mohamad Salleh.
The first phase of the exten- sion works, involving the con-struction of a new dam beside the present dam, started on Aug 1 and would continue until Jan 31, 2014.
Speaking during a press confe-rence at his office in Komtar yesterday, Lim said during this period, the operations and maintenance of the dam would be under the PBAPP and the state.
The second phase, involving the heightening of the level of the dam, is scheduled from Feb 1, 2014 until July 31, 2016.
“When the second phase starts, the whole area, involving the dam and the recreational park will be closed to the public,” he said.
Lim thanked the Ministry for approving the appeal by residents who lived nearby the park, for it to be closed in stages once the dam extension project started.
Also present was PBAPP general manager Jaseni Maidinsa.
Earlier, Lim announced that the state would allocate 1.82ha of land in Teluk Kumbar for SJKC Yang Cheng to relocate.
The school, which is currently sitting on a 0.33ha land in Teluk Kumbar, was built partially on a private land and the land owner has since asked the school to vacate the land.
Director of the school’s board Tan Say Ban, who was present, thanked the state for the assistance.