Thursday, June 12, 2008

MPSJ starts building drain to alleviate flood woes - The Star

Jun 12, 2008 By LIM CHIA YING

INSTANT action – that’s what the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) took the day after its president inspected Kampung Tengah 13th Mile Puchong, Selangor, following a flood.

The MPSJ started work to construct a new drain yesterday as an immediate measure to alleviate flood woes there.

MPSJ president Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan had accompanied senior state executive councilllor and Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok to visit the site on Tuesday to look for the best solution to the problem.

Concerned: Adnan (third from right) making a site visit to Kampung Tengah Batu 13 Puchong to draw up a solution that will enable water to flow whenever there’s a downpour.

The 100m-long drain being built on state land runs parallel to the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).

Construction of the drain is scheduled to be completed by the weekend, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Adnan said the land on which Kampung Tengah is located is low-lying and any heavy downpour would result in flooding as there is no channel for water to flow out.

“Previously, the water could flow out to the back but the land belongs to a private individual, who has built a retaining wall and raised the level of the earth, resulting in a higher land foundation now,” Adnan said.

“Even the drainage was sealed up. Therefore, the water could not flow out during the recent downpour,” he said.

Adnan said the new drain would allow the water to flow out. “The water would be able to flow out once this culvert is ready,” he said.

This is the second time that the council has carried out drain construction in the area.

Adnan said Kampung Tengah 13th Mile is a big area and after the first drain was built at another spot, water flow has improved and the council has not received any flood reports until the latest downpour.

The MPSJ, meanwhile, urged for the residents to pay up their assessment taxes so that it has sufficient funds to carry out maintenance works in their area.

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