Works Ministry detects 1,577 high-risk slopes nationwide

Works Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi says his ministry will install early warning systems at high-risk slopes to monitor them for weaknesses. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 21, 2023.

WORKS Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said 1,577 high-risk slopes have been identified nationwide.

He said his ministry will apply for an allocation of RM17 million in Budget 2024 to install early warning systems to monitor the slopes.

He said this at a press conference after a visit to a landslide site along Km117 of the East Coast Expressway 1 westbound in Temerloh today.

The minister said repairs to the embankment slope, which started on September 13, were completed earlier than scheduled, and the stretch between Km117.8 and Km117.9 would be reopened by 6pm.

“The top priority is the safety and convenience of road users. I have directed for long-term measures to be taken to ensure the prevention of such incidents,” he said.

On September 10, cracks formed on the road, believed to have been caused by the collapse of an embankment slope near where ​​flood mitigation works were being carried out.

Nanta also said RM180 million has been allocated so far this year for road repairs in Pahang.

He said RM38 million was allocated to repair 12 federal roads in the state that were damaged by floods. – Bernama, September 21, 2023.

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