Better drainage to curb flood woes

Residents (from left) Lim Choon Hock, Alias Wan Chek, Yew Kok Hoe and Ma Chai Long checking out the upgraded monsoon drain which is part of the flood mitigationproject at Bandar Tasek Mutiara in Simpang Ampat, south Seberang Prai.

THE flooding woes in Bandar Tasek Mutiara in Simpang Ampat will be a thing of the past with the implementation of the RM1.9mil flood mitigation project.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow praised Palmington Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tambun Indah Land Bhd, for carrying out the project without involving any cost from Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) ratepayers.

“This will save an allocation from MPSP and the money could be channelled for other purposes to benefit ratepayers,” Chow said in his speech at a ceremony on Friday to mark the completion of the corporate social responsibility project (CSR) by Palmington which had built part of Bandar Tasek Mutiara.

The project also included beautification works at the Linear Park in the area. Also present were Nibong Tebal MP Datuk Mansor Othman, Jawi assemblyman Soon Lip Chee, MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Tambun Indah Land Bhd chairman Teh Kiak Seng, and MPSP councillors H’ng Mooi Lye and Heng Yeh Shiuan.

Chow said he had visited the area several times following a massive flood on Nov 28, 2013 to conduct several meetings which resulted in the project to solve the flooding problem.

He said the existing roadside drain besides the sewerage treatment plant leading to the outfall along Jalan Tasek Mutiara 1 was upgraded to a width of 3m to facilitate and improve discharge as well as to serve as on-site retention. The cost of constructing and upgrading the drain was about RM1.42mil.

Chow said other scopes of the works were the deepening of the existing retention pond to retain a bigger volume of surface runoff and landscaping of the linear park.

Benches and outdoor gym equipment were also placed at the park.

The 16,375sq metre retention pond was deepened by 2m with a capacity to hold 32,750 cu metres volume of water. The total amount for the other works added RM480,000 to the cost.

The CSR project started in early 2014 and was completed in the middle of last year.

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