Fifteen Companies Pledge To Undertake Flood Mitigation Projects Worth RM1.245 Billion – BusinessToday

Fifteen Companies Pledge To Undertake Flood Mitigation Projects Worth RM1.245 Billion – BusinessToday

Fifteen companies have been selected to undertake Flood Mitigation Plan (RTB) projects in seven states identified as needing attention due to frequent flood occurrences.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof stated today that all 15 companies have received Letters of Acceptance (SST) from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) to execute projects under the 12th Malaysia Plan in Johor, Selangor, Kelantan, Kedah, Pahang, Perak, and Negeri Sembilan.

Fadillah, who is also the Minister of Energy Transition and Water Transformation, said that the projects, involving contract costs of RM1.245 billion, are necessary to reduce flood problems in related river basins, ensuring safety and minimising property damage to residents and public infrastructure.

“The Ministry of Energy Transition and Water Transformation (PETRA) is committed to the implementation of planned and approved development projects to successfully achieve the national agenda in transforming the water sector into a sustainable sector,” he said.

He made these remarks through a speech read by Deputy Minister of Energy Transition and Water Transformation Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir at PETRA’s Monthly Assembly and the Signing Ceremony and Oath Reading involving the 15 relevant companies in Putrajaya today.

Meanwhile, Fadillah expressed his desire for PETRA to take immediate mitigation and corrective actions on all admonitions in the National Audit Report (LKAN) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

He said all admonitions involving 16 national water management issues need to be seriously addressed.

“Among them are delayed water source development projects, the Tawau water supply scheme, delayed water supply development projects, delayed water quality improvement projects, very low reserve margin rates, non-revenue water (NRW), treated water parameter violations, and water source pollution,” he said.

The Auditor General Report (LKAN 2/2024) disclosed that 145 out of 712 water infrastructure development projects were delayed beyond the original schedule by 86 to 1,076 days, involving costs amounting to RM6.15 billion.

The report also revealed that sewage treatment plants are the main cause of the highest pollution load at 343 tonnes/day.

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