‘No problem if Selangor stalls on water project’

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010

KUANTAN: Pahang’s participation in the interstate raw water transfer project will not be affected if Selangor decides to postpone its involvement.

This was because Pahang could still store raw water and channel excess supply into the state’s rivers during the dry season, an official from the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry said.

The ministry’s project team director Datuk Ismail Mat Nor said Pahang would have facilities including a dam, pump station and tunnel to store and pump water.

“Even if the treatment and distribution facilities in Selangor are not constructed on time, it should not be a problem because the facilities in Pahang can store and channel raw water.

“Excess water can always be released into the rivers in Pahang, which will be helpful during the dry season,’’ he said in Raub on Sunday..

Ismail was commenting on the statement last week by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that Selangor government would not rush into the project.

Khalid added that the project was not necessary for Selangor as it had enough water supply until 2019.

Ismail, however said the ministry was concerned that Selangor might face a water crisis between 2012 and 2013.

“The ministry came up with the projection of Selangor’s future water supplies based on figures and views from the state’s water operators,’’ Ismail said.

He added the ministry was committed in completing its part of the project which cost RM3.9bil, while the second component costing RM4.2bil was tasked to Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad.

On the progress of the project, Ismail said work on the tunnel, which would cut through the Titiwangsa main range, was actually ahead of schedule.

He added the first of the three tunnel boring machines from China to be used to bore the Main Range would arrive in September.

Each machine costs about RM100mil and work was expected to begin in Karak in November, he added.

“These boring machines are similar as the one used to build the SMART Tunnel (Storm­water Management and Road Tunnel), but they will be smaller versions. Each machine is 5.2m in diameter,’’ he said.

The whole project is expected to be ready in 2014 for the movement of 1.8 billion litres of raw water daily from Sungai Semantan in Pahang to the Hulu Langat water treatment facility in Selangor via the tunnel.

It is jointly developed by Shimizu Corpora­tion and Nishimatsu Construction of Japan and IJM Corp and UEM Builders Bhd of Malaysia.

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