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Keeping George Town floods in check


Construction of the box culvert drain in progress at the open space beside Hilir Sungai Pinang in George Town, Penang.

Construction of the box culvert drain in progress at the open space beside Hilir Sungai Pinang in George Town, Penang.

A WATER retention pond will be built as part of a RM1.85mil project on an open space beside Hilir Sungai Pinang in George Town, Penang, to overcome flooding in the area.

Work on the project on a 0.8ha plot started on March 15 and is slated to be completed in March next year, said state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow.

He said the project, which is funded by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), would also include recreational facilities such as a jogging track and children’s playground.

Chow said the initiative was part of a flood mitigation project and the upgrading of the drainage system in the area.

“The roads along Hilir Sungai Pinang and Solok Sungai Pinang are part of the catchment area for Sungai Pinang.

“The combination of heavy rain and high tide causes the river level to rise, causing flash floods in low-lying spots in Hilir Sungai Pinang, Solok Sungai Pinang and nearby areas,” he said during a visit to the site of the project yesterday.

Also present were Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi and Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim.

MBPP senior engineer Cheah Chin Kooi said the area was previously an illegal dumping ground with a man-made earth drain.

According to Chow, the main components of the project are the construction of three box culvert drains, four pump houses and the retention pond which will have a capacity of 5,187 cubic metres.

“The retention pond will be able to store water when its rains before channelling it to Sungai Pinang,” he added.

He said the project would benefit more than 1,000 families living in the area, namely residents of the Serina Bay condominium and Taman Serina low-cost flats.

Chow said the state’s project monitoring committee headed by Utilities and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng would monitor the progress of the project.

On a related matter, he announced that the state government would call for an open tender on May 25 for seven flood mitigation projects worth RM136mil.

The tender document will be available for download from May 29 to June 13.

The tender will close on June 19 and work is expected to start in October.

For details, login to http://ep.penang.gov.my/

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