THE Ipoh City Council has cleaned up the stretch of Sungai Keledang next to RPT Sri Aman even though jurisdiction of the river lies with the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).
Speaking to reporters at the site recently, Datuk Bandar Datuk Harun Rawi’s special officer (media) Mohd Shahrizal Azmi said council workers had removed three lorry loads of rubbish from the river and entrance to the housing area.
“Although maintenance of rivers including Sungai Keledang comes under the DID, the council felt compelled to help.
“The council will also set up a joint committee with the DID to see how we can assist with regard to the damaged river embankment in the area.
“We hope to meet early March to discuss the matter,” said Mohd Shahrizal, who inspected the site with officers from the council and DID.
The Star had reported that the river embankment was so badly damaged that any sudden deluge would cause the river to swell and overflow, and eventually flood parts of the housing estate.
RPT Sri Aman Lot 51 Action Committee chairman Mohd Anuar Mat Noor had been quoted saying that the problem had come about five years ago when developers used excavators to cross the river when levelling a piece of land for a housing project.
State DID director Datuk Abdul Razak Dahalan subsequently said the department was aware of the matter and was assessing the concrete structure.
The DID, however, had limited funding and needed to prioritise, he revealed.
Housewife Rahmah Mohd Yusof, 50, said residents there were worried that their homes would be flooded if the water overflows its banks.
“As it is, the water comes up to the same level as the road whenever there is heavy rain,” she said.
Fellow resident Fatimah Birdin, 53, said she and other residents had complained for years about the problem but to no avail.
“Hopefully, action will be taken this time and fast,” she said.