BENTONG: Pahang may review its terms and conditions on the planned sale of raw water to Selangor if the Pakatan Rakyat continues to rule that state.
“We want a review and may even opt to cancel the agreement as the Selangor government appears not to be interested in proceeding with the deal,” said Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.
“Initially, we agreed to sell raw water to Selangor at 10 sen per cubic metre but if Pakatan retains the state in the next elections, we would need to review the price.
“The agreed price with Selangor earlier was at the time it was under the Barisan Nasional.
“If Pakatan is taking charge, we may increase it to RM1 per cubic metre,” he said after opening the mini Maha programme at Dataran Bentong here.
Present were Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who is Bentong MP.
Adnan said he had instructed his officials to conduct a thorough study on the terms and conditions of the water agreement, including the price mechanism.
The water transfer project between the two states was supposed to pump 1,890 million litres of raw water daily from Sungai Semantan in Pahang to the Hulu Langat water treatment facility in Selangor.
Raw water will be transferred through a 44.6km-long and 5.2m-diameter tunnel, with gravity flow to the water treatment plant.
The tunnel, to be bored through the Titiwangsa Main Range, will be the longest and biggest in South-East Asia. The raw water supply to Selangor is expected to generate an income of about RM70mil annually for the Pahang government at a price of 10 sen per cubic metre.
However, the rate is to be reviewed once every five years.
Adnan said the agreement was still binding but Pahang was upset the current Selangor government was continuing to politicise the issue.
He said that during earlier negotiations with former Selangor mentri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, Pahang had agreed to lower the price from 15 sen to 10 sen per cubic metre in exchange for a share in the water treatment plant.
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