PUTRAJAYA — April 12, 2016: A total of 33 critical slopes which require mitigation work have been identified in Cameron Highlands.
Four of these — in Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Tiang, Evergreen Villa, Jalan Kuala Terla and the parking area of the Petronas petrol station in Ringlet — require immediate mitigation.
Among the work that needs to be done are to put up retaining walls, anchors, soil nails and rock nettings.
After a meeting of the Cameron Highlands Rehabilitation Joint Action Committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, an allocation of RM7 million was approved for the immediate mitigation work. The total sum required for the entire mitigation plan is RM20.8 million.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said after the meeting that the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) will implement the flood mitigation project (RTB) in Sungai Ringlet which is expected to begin in August and completed within 18 months.
The project is expected to create a flood-free area covering 190,000 square metres or 19 hectares. When completed it will benefit 2,300 residents.
In order to ensure a comprehensive solution to make Cameron Highlands a flood-free area, the DID is also in the process of identifying a location to build a flood retention pond in Hulu Sungai Ringlet.
Besides that, the RTB project in Sungai Bertam which began in November 2014 is expected to be completed next month.
The Bertam Valley RTB comprises the construction of five bridges, upgrading 1.9 kilometres of Sungai Bertam and four ‘drop structures’ to control the direction of the water.
Additionally the 150-hectare of permanent forest reserve (HSK) area will be planted with trees this year. The tree planting initiative will continue in phases until 2020.
A total of 25,207 trees were planted in the Cameron Highlands’ HSK area of 24 hectares last year.
Wan Junaidi said the problem of clearing forests for agricultural activities in Cameron Highlands by syndicates has been overcome. However, land-clearing by smallholders still occurs.
The Pahang government will coordinate work by the farmers in accordance with guidelines set by the Department of Lands and Mines.
At today’s meeting, a proposal to create a new site for community development for residents and farmland in Cameron Highlands was tabled. — Bernama