Flood mitigation works in Cheras open for tender

Time to act on it: (From left) Poh, Ng, Cheras 11th mile New Village head Yoong Soo Fah, MPKj councillor Evonne Lee Shim Moi and Lai with the plan on drainage upgrade.

AFTER 15 years of dealing with floods in Taman Indah and Batu 11 in Cheras, the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has made an urgent call for tenders to upgrade drainage systems in the area.

Consultants had been appointed in 2009 to perform studies on the drainage upgrade, which was estimated to cost RM1.8mil at the time, for the two areas.

Plans for the project included two retaining ponds with a capacity of 1,000 cubic metres and an 800m culvert.

However, MPKj did not have the required funds at the time.

Costs increased over time to approximately RM2.1mil and will continue to escalate until the council finds a suitable contractor for the job, said Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng.

“Everything was finalised and work on the upgrades was scheduled to start early this year, but the tender process failed and we were forced to call for a re-tender due to the difference in prices offered.

“Although it is an open tender, we are using the Selangor Government’s “cut-off calculating method” to appoint the contractor.

“This is to avoid only awarding the project to contractors with the lowest bid, because there have been cases in which contractors abandon projects midway due to the lack of funds,” he said.

Former Taman Indah resident and Association of Tian Chun Devotees chairman Datuk T.L. Poh continues passing Taman Indah daily to visit a temple in the area.

“When I used to live here, it used to get flooded at least four times a year, just after an hour of heavy rain.

“The problem has been recurring for nearly 15 years, and the worst was when flood waters gushed into my house, rising up to two feet and destroying my furniture,” he said.

MPKj councillor Lai Wai Chong said the council’s contractors have been checking and unblocking the drains every month.

“Flooding did not happen as often after we began clearing the drains, so far, it has only occurred once this year in early April, but it was not an extreme case.

“We urge contractors to submit their tenders for the project by May 20, and hope the project can begin by early August,” he said.

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