Developer to foot the bill if company do not heed warnings

Flash floods: Yahya and SWM Environment Sdn Bhd SouthernRegion manager Mohd Zan Arris participated in the drainage clean-up operation in Jalan Straits View.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) hopes that a developer will address the frequent flash floods along Jalan Persiaran Abu Bakar by building culverts to avert the problem.

MBJB head of councillor Datuk Yahya Jaafar said the council had requested Iskandar Waterfront Holdings (IWH) to build the culvert since four years ago but so far nothing had been done.

Yahya said without the culvert the area was prone to flash floods whenever it rained heavily.

“IWH was supposed to complete the culvert and the drainage system properly before they start with developing mixed commercial units within the area to avoid flash floods.

“This issue should not have happened if IWH complied with Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) guidelines before they started development in the area 10 years ago,” he added.

He was speaking to reporters after a special operation by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd to clean the drainage near Singgah Selalu Restaurant at Jalan Persiaran Abu Bakar here, on Jan 18.

MBJB engineering assistant director Mohd Fadzil Suhaimi said that the company did not comply with the rules and regulations given even after being warned for several times since four years ago and no proactive measures have been taken so far.

“If IWH still does not adhere to the requirement, then the council and Public Works Department (PWD) will appoint a third party to carry out the work and all costs will be charged to IWH.

IWH is a government-linked company that was specifically incorporated to serve as the master developer of 1,618ha of prime waterfront land in Johor Baru.

Meanwhile Yahya said, regarding the flash floods that occurred in other areas including Jalan Taman Johor to Kipmart, Jalan Tebrau infront of Maybank and also Jalan Tebrau near LC Katering restaurant, were all under Selia Selenggara Sdn Bhd and not MBJB.

“Usually, the public will accuse the local council, particularly in the event of any flash floods in those areas while it is actually under the responsibility of the company and not MBJB.

The council recommends that the state government to hire other agency similar to SMW Environment Sdn Bhd to maintain roads in the city.

At press time IWH could not be contacted for comments.

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