RM564mil set aside for flood mitigation project in Pekan

PEKAN: The Government has set aside RM564mil for Phase 2 of the Bandar Pekan Flood Mitigation Project to address a problem that has plagued residents of the area since the 1920s.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the project, which was started at the end of 2014, would benefit more than 83,000 people in an area covering 6,200ha.

“This project will complement Phase 1, which was implemented at a cost of RM221mil.

“It will overcome a problem which Pekan residents have been facing for decades.

“Now that we have announced the project, let there not be people saying we are giving dedak (animal feed).

“We are a government that is fair to all states. In fact, Kelantan also gets an allocation of RM800mil to address the (flood) problem,” he said during the ground-breaking ceremony for Phase 2 of the project here yesterday.

Also present were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and his deputy Datuk Dr Hamim Samuri, as well as Drainage and Irrigation director-general Datuk Dr Md Nasir Md Noh.

The project covers three parcels of land, with work on the first parcel beginning at the end of 2014 and scheduled to be finished in May.

It involves the royal town of Pekan and an area of 2,600ha.

Work on the second parcel began in July and is expected to be completed in May 2020 at a cost of RM108.6mil, covering an area of 1,500ha.

Parcel three covers 2,100ha and protects the agricultural areas of Sungai Miang and Durian Sebatang against flooding.

The project scope for the second phase involves, among others, construction of earth levees, river levees and flood walls, the upgrading of the Batu Balik road and the building of floodgates and pump houses.

It is aimed at addressing the flood problem in Pekan town and the surrounding areas, as well as Perkampungan Sungai Miang in the south, Pulau Keladi in the west and Perkampungan Pasir Panjang in the east should Sungai Pahang overflow its banks. — Bernama

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