Repair

Repairs to 987 flood-affected sites will cost RM 1.4 billion

JELEBU: The Ministry of Public Works has allocated 1.4 billion ringgit for the repair of critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges and slopes at 987 locations that have been affected by recent flooding.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, said they involved slope breaks at 449 locations, flooding (443 locations), flash floods (62), collapsed roads (23), sinkholes (five) and damaged or collapsed bridges (five).

He said of those, clean-ups had been completed at 928 locations where at least one lane had been reopened to traffic to date.

“The expected completion date depends on the degree of damage. We are focusing on critical routes, as we want to make sure that cut routes can be reopened. Restoring damaged bridges and embankments may take longer.

“We started repairs immediately after the flooding subsided. Some roads were completed this month, but others could take at least six months. InsyaAllah, we will finish our task this year, ”he told reporters here today after inspecting the Kampung Bemban bridge, which was affected by the floods.

He said the infrastructure repair work also involved several agencies, state governments and other ministries, including the Ministry of Rural Development.

On Negeri Sembilan, he said that 67 of the 75 affected locations involving roads, bridges and slopes had been cleared at a total cost of RM 72.9 million, with repair work to be fully completed by June of This year.

“The ongoing work to erect an 18-meter-long Bailey Bridge over Sungai Bemban here is expected to be completed on January 21. Once the bridge is in place, we hope that the only road link to this village will be restored,” he said. -he adds. .

Fadillah said RM 1 million had been allocated to clean up debris from the landslide at Jalan Jeram Toi here and repair the damaged road and sewage system, with repair work due to be fully completed in May. – Bernama