Over 45,000 to benefit from Sungai Golok flood mitigation

Rantau Panjang is among the towns in the Sungai Golok basin which will benefit from a flood mitigation scheme. (Bernama pic)

PASIR MAS: The government has initiated the Integrated River Basin Development Project in Sungai Golok to solve the flood problem that has hit the area every year.

Environment and Water Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the RM1.029 billion project would be undertaken in stages for a comprehensive three-phase solution.

“The first phase of the project currently under way is expected to be completed by April 2022 involving a cost of RM300 million.

“The project will benefit 45,700 residents covering an area of 225 sq km,” he told reporters after visiting the project site here today.

Tuan Ibrahim said the key components of the project were the flood mitigation work and improving the estuary of Sungai Golok.

“The components of the flood mitigation work include the construction of flood bunds along Sungai Golok (26km), Sungai Mentua (8km), Sungai Lemal, Lanchang (19km) and the construction of a water gate at Kuala Jambu.

“Improvement works at the mouth of the Golok River will also be undertaken with the construction of a dyke and the provision of boating routes,” he said.

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