MP: RMKS works along Batang Sadong ex­pected to be com­pleted next May

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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.

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