BUKIT Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv has undertaken a survey to identify drains that are broken, collapsed or having missing structure.
He has also engaged a contractor to inspect the drainage in Sections 11 and 12, and part of Section 14 in Petaling Jaya.
“My office has been getting a lot of complaints from residents about broken drains and we directed these to the local council to do the needful,” he said.
“However, the repairs by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) are done on an ad-hoc basis. So I decided to embark on this project to compile data of the entire drainage in these three neighbourhoods,” he added.
Rajiv said the data in the survey included the structure’s total length (for front and back drains), type of drain structure (U or V-shape and width), type of damage and where the damage was located.
The two-month survey costs RM8,000, with funds coming from the Bukit Gasing constituency allocation.
“I will submit the data from the survey to Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain. MBPJ can then apply for Malaysian Road Record Information System (Marris) funds for the repairs.
“Selangor gets about RM6mil per year from the Federal Government in Marris funds, but we can apply for more if needed,” said Rajiv, adding that MBPJ was given RM48mil from the funds, last year.
Rajiv said Sections 11 and 14 had the most number of broken drains and many of the structures were several decades-old.
He also urged the mayor to replicate the project for other areas.
“The survey allows the council to take action proactively and minimise complaints in the long term,” he said.