KOTA BARU: The Environment and Water Ministry has approved an additional RM66mil allocation to implement 802 river conservation projects in an effort to reduce flood risks nationwide.
Its minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said this was in addition to the existing allocation of RM80.3mil approved by the Economic Planning Unit under Rolling Plan 4 (RP4) for the implementation of 615 projects.
The projects, which are expected to be completed by the end of the year, will benefit some 500,000 residents.
“All 802 projects are to address and reduce the impact of floods on the people through the implementation of river conservation work, the upgrading of drainage systems, emergency work and other flood-related work scopes, ” he said.
Tuan Ibrahim was speaking to reporters after witnessing the lot drawing process for works under the ministry for the Kota Baru district yesterday.
Also present were state public works, infrastructure, transportation and utilities committee chairman Datuk Azami Mohd Nor and Department of Irrigation and Drainage director-general Datuk Nor Hisham Mohd Ghazali.
“The ministry hopes that the implementation of these projects will indirectly help small contractors affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, ” said Tuan Ibrahim.
A total of 833 registered contractors took part in the lot drawing process.
“The total (allocation) for flood-related projects in Kelantan is RM6.4mil, focusing on areas adversely affected by the natural disaster, especially those by the 2014 flood, ” he said. — Bernama
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