Monday, May 19, 2008

Residents want drain widened - The Star

May 19, 2008 By TAN KARR WEI

SEVERAL residents have said that problems involving infrastructure were not solved because of a lack of communication between the various departments of the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

Section 19 resident Ding Siew Nguong said despite the upgrading of the drains along SS2/54, where SRJK(C) Puay Chai is located, water still overflowed into the field.

The drain was upgraded in January at a cost of RM20,000.

Site briefing: Nurbaiti (seated, left) explaining the upgrading works to Dr Cheah (seated, right) and several residents who were at the field at SS21/50

Ding and several residents voiced their grouses at a meeting between residents, the MBPJ landscape department and Damansara Utama assemblyman Dr Cheah Wing Yin to discuss the upgrading of the field.

Ding said only the drain along that road was upgraded but the field still got flooded because the other drains were not wide enough.

Although residents were pleased that the field would be upgraded, they said it would be a waste if the drainage problems were not solved.

“When we complained to MBPJ, they would fix one part of the problem then another department would come later to fix another part of the problem,” Ding said.

MBPJ landscape architect Nurbaiti Abdul Wahab said they would work with the engineering department to see if it was viable to widen the drains while the field was being upgraded.

The field will be upgraded at a cost of RM200,000.

Another field in Jalan SS21/50 in Damansara Utama will be upgraded at a cost of RM490,000.

Nurbaiti said the higher budget was due to the severe flooding problems at the field.

Damansara Utama Residents and Owners Association (DUROA) vice-president Nordin Mansor, 67, said it was a good move on MBPJ’s part to discuss the plans with residents before going ahead.

These fields were just two out of a total of 13 under MBPJ's jurisdiction that have been approved to be upgraded.

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