KUALA LUMPUR – The delay in implementing the Sungai Pinang Basin Flood Mitigation project is due to the issue of land acquisition in the area.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the problem of resettlement of squatters also caused delay to the RM150 million project which originally should have started in 2016.
Speaking to the media after launching the World Rivers Day 2017 celebration here today, he said the ministry assured the project would be handed to the contractor in early January, 2018 and was expected to be completed by 2020.
“The tender process is ready…the selection of contractor is being done. God willing, when ready, the project will reduce flooding. When it rains heavily like last week, the (flood) situation will not be as bad,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wan Junaidi said, 33 of the 473 rivers monitored by the Department of Environment across the country had been identified as polluted and were mostly located in the city areas.
These polluted rivers include Sungai Juru and Sungai Jelutong in Penang, Sungai Penchala in the federal capital and Sungai Semenyih in Selangor.
“The pollution is the result of industrial effluent and domestic sewage outflow to the rivers, as well as the irresponsible attitude of members of the public,” said Wan Junaidi, who regretted the situation. – BERNAMA