Ringlet dam disaster: Bertam River embankment to be fortified with concrete walls

Ringlet dam disaster: Bertam River embankment to be fortified with concrete walls

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - The Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) is planning to strengthen the Bertam River embankment with concrete walls.

Pahang DID director Datuk Zul­kefli Hassan said it was planning to use the RM40mil allocation announced by the Prime Minister under Budget 2014 to build the walls, which could also ensure better flow of water.

"We will prepare the design for the walls to be built.

"Hopefully, we can start work by the middle of next year," he told reporters during a visit by MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the site here yesterday.

"We plan to build the walls on both sides of the embankment along a 3km stretch of the river," he said.

Meanwhile, Liow said TNB should have informed the residents earlier prior to releasing the water from the dam.

"It is regretful that people have died and properties were damaged during the incident. They (TNB) should have informed the people earlier and not at such short notice," he said.

"The people were unprepared to pack up and leave," said Liow, adding that he hoped the river could be cleaned up and repaired within a month.

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