Environment Ministry to strengthen ties with state govts, says minister

KOTA BARU: The Federal Government’s commitment and cooperation with the state government will continue to be improved through a number of initiatives to safeguard the welfare of the people, says Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

The Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister said that among the initiatives taken were flood mitigation to reduce the risk of floods in Kelantan and Terengganu.

"Part of the project is carried out by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage under the Flood Mitigation Project (RTB) which is being implemented. The initiative will increase the number of people protected from the dangers of floods.

"In Kelantan alone there are two main RTB projects that are being carried out, namely the Integrated River Basin Development (PLSB) project at a cost of RM456mil," he said after opening the "Karnival Alam Kita" at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, here Thursday (May 11).

Nik Nazmi said in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s call to expedite flood mitigation projects, agencies related have been asked to prepare reports related to PLSB for speedy action.

"The government is always rectifying weaknesses identified to ensure the impact of floods do not recur. The ministry is also taking various steps, among them to carry out maintenance of drainage through Integrated Flood Mitigation and Management, including developing infrastructure based on the concept of 'make room for water'," he said.

He said that continuing with the project would ensure flooding was reduced at various flood-prone areas. - Bernama

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