SMC’s cleanup plan will now cover 11.5 kilometers of the Tullahan river or nearly half of the entire 27-km. stretch.
The section represents an additional 6.3 kilometers of dredging area, in addition to the initial 5.25-km Sectors 1 to 3 from the Manila Bay in Navotas, to the Tinajeros Bridge in Malabon, which SMC had been working on.
“We are making all the necessary preparations now to move into the next phase of our river cleanup and flood management initiative. We’re investing in new equipment, and hiring more people. We are fully committed to our advocacy of cleaning up major rivers and helping our cities with flood mitigation,” said SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang.
” As soon as we acquire the special equipment, we will start work on these sections by early April, while simultaneously maintaining our dredging operations from Manila Bay in Navotas to Tinajeros Bridge, or sectors one to three,” he added.
SMC is looking to dredge a total of 1.5 million cubic meters of silty sand and solid waste.
“Many parts of the river have become shallow, with the depth down to one to two meters. We were able to increase the depth of the river and this complemented the pumping stations at Navotas and Malabon. When heavy typhoons hit the country towards end of last year, more flood waters flowed into the river. But no heavy flooding was reported in these flood-prone areas,” Ang said.