TEMERLOH (Bernama) – The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry has denied that the Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project was the cause of floods in Kelantan as alleged by certain parties on social media.
Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the project involved two dams in the district of Hulu Terengganu, situated in the Tembat forest reserve and upstream of Tasik Kenyir.
“The project involves the construction of two dams over Sungai Terengganu, which are the Puah Dam and Tembat Dam in Sungai Tembat, which flows into Tasik Kenyir,” he told reporters after visiting the flood area and presenting aid to Temerloh Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) personnel here today.
Mahdzir said the catchment area for the project was separated from Kelantan by mountains, therefore, any surface water flowing in the direction of the two rivers will eventually become Tasik Puah and Tasik Tembat when the project is completed.
“The location of the dams were chosen to avoid construction of a saddle dam and any water release is through the Puah Dam and Tembat Dam, whereby water flows to Sungai Terengganu and Sungai Tembat and then to Tasik Kenyir.
“It is impossible for water from the two dams to cross the mountains and enter Kelantan. There was no release from Tasik Puah and it would be impossible to carry out as water levels as at Jan 1 were still below release level,” he said. He added that the project was implemented after obtaining approval from the Energy Commission and Terengganu government, and not done in secret as alleged by certain parties.
Meanwhile, Mahdzir said repairs on 25 water treatment plants are ongoing in Kelantan and Pahang to allow flood victims to clean-up their homes and go about their daily lives.