RESIDENTS and road users along Logan Road and Anson Road in Penang can now breathe a sigh of relief the next time it rains heavily.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said a flood mitigation project was undertaken by the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) involving a 360m stretch of drains starting from the Salvation Army site and ending at the Anson Road and Macalister Road junction (where the Ghee Hiang building stands).
“The old drains were dismantled and replaced with larger culverts. The concrete walkway was also raised.
“A portion of Logan Road fronting the Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) will also be raised by the contractor,” he said at a press conference in Logan Road recently.
“The effort costing RM340,00 was in response to the appeal of MGS to rectify the flooding which occurred in the area whenever it rains heavily.
“Flooding happened because the drainage system was unable to cope with the sudden discharge of water,” he said.
MPPP engineering department senior engineer Cheah Chin Kooi, who was also present, explained that rainwater from Logan Road and Anson Road had to travel about two kilometres to be discharged at a pond in Macallum Street Ghaut.
“If the drain capacity is not enough, there will be some delay in the discharge and the water at the school will not be able to flow out.
“The project started in late October and was completed on March 2.
“The contractors are now repairing the defects which have a six-month liability period,” he said.