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RM2m needed for damaged barrier

By AZIDAN NAHAR

SERIOUS CONCERN: Embankment in dire need of repairs as the damage has become a danger to the public

The damaged embankment is caused by erosion. Pic by Shahrul M.Zain.

MUAR: THE Muar Municipal Council (MPM) would need RM2 million to repair the embankment near the Tanjung Emas jetty that have been affected by erosion over the last three years.

The damaged embankment has now become a danger to the public.

MPM president Zulkiflee Abbas said the council had applied to the Tourism Ministry and the Housing and Local Government Ministry for funds for the repairs.

He said a study done by the Drainage and Irrigation Department showed that repairs for the the 500-metre long embankment would cost RM2 million.

“We have applied for RM6 million for the first phase of the Lembangan Sungai Muar project which includes the area between the Tanjung Emas jetty and the Sultan Ismail bridge.

“However, if we get the RM2 million first, we could conduct the repair works first,” said Zulkiflee.

The damaged embankment is a concern to visitors as the jetty is often used as a location for local and international programmes.

Zulkiflee said the repair costs is high because the damage was not due to structural problems.

“It is caused by erosion in the area due to river currents.

“If the application is approved, we will start the project as early as next year.

“It will become part of the Lembangan Sungai Muar, which is a priority project for us to start.”

[Courtesy of NST, http://www.nst.com.my/streets/johor/rm2m-needed-for-damaged-barrier-1.93455]

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