MP: RMKS works along Batang Sadong expected to be completed next May
SIMUNJAN: The River Corridor Rehabilitation Plan (RMKS) project along the Batang Sadong near here is progressing well and should reach completion in May next year.
Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri expressed her satisfaction over the progress of works during a site visit yesterday, where she was accompanied by Simunjan assemblyman Awla Dris and several officials from the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).
The Batang Sadong area, according to her, is prone to riverbank erosion that could affect the ongoing construction works there.
“Moreover, many houses around that area were destroyed due to the severe erosion along the riverbank,” she said.
Nancy, who is Batang Sadong MP, said her side had also requested the ministries and government agencies involved to immediately assist the residents.
The RM15.5-million RMKS Batong Sadong project, under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), officially commenced on Sept 22 and scheduled for completion in 20 months.
The scope of works to protect the riverbank spanning 560m downstream includes pilling works, geotextile installation on the cliffs, installation of layers of armour rock with minimum thickness of 1.4m on the riverbank base, toe protection on the bottom of river, earth-filling works and drainage.
The project is intended at tackling the riverbank erosion problem that could further threaten the properties and safety of the people in Simunjan town in the long run.
At the same time, it would also prepare an area of leisure – equipped with a pedestrian walkway – for the local community.
Nancy discusses the RMKS Batong Sadong project with the DID officials during the site inspection. On her left is Awla.