Clear the drains and complete the Jinjang Flood Mitigation Project
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw
Sunday) : I
press the Government to complete the Jinjang section of the Batu and
Jinjang Flood Ponds Project,and clean the drains around the construction
site, so as to solve the problems of flash floods and traffic congestion.
I made the call on 22 April, 2007,after reviewing the traffic jam at the
Jinjang section of the Kepong Road and the flash flooding in the New
Kuala Lumpur has the Flood Mitigation Project with two packages, the Smart
Tunnel Project as well as the Batu and Jinjang Flood Ponds Project. The
Smart Tunnel costs RM 2.167 billion. The date of completion has been
extended to 30 June, 2007, being late by 6 months. The Flood Ponds Project
requires RM 805 million. It is delayed by 7 months. The date of completion
is fixed on 27 December, 2007.
We don't know whether the two packages will be able to prevent serious
floods. Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) says that they will
prevent flooding such as the 1971 great flood. This type of flooding is
said to be once in a hundred years.Some don't believe that they can
prevent similar flood.
The Flood Ponds Project affects the Jinjang section of the Kepong Road.
There has been a diversion for over two years, causing traffic
congestion.The works has effects on nearby drains, contributing to flash
floods at the New Jinjang Garden.
DID must complete the Flood Ponds Project as
soon as possible without sacrificing the quality of works, and solve the
difficulties between the contractor and the subcontractors. Meanwhile,
City Hall KL must investigate the condition of the surrounding drains, to
find out the cause of flash floods with a view to preventing them.
*Dr Tan Seng Giaw, DAP Deputy National Chairman and MP for Kepong