RM56 mil needed to end floods in Bayan Baru

(From right) Sim discussing the dredging plan for Sungai Keluang and Sungai Nibong Kecil with Penang Island City councillor Gan Ay Ling and Drainage and Irrigation Department assistant engineer Mohd Farizuan Md Noor.

SOME RM56mil in flood mitigation projects may be needed to prevent the repeat of the floods along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah that created traffic chaos between last September and December.

Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin said studies by the Drainage and Irrigation Department showed that the amount was needed to widen all the drains and rivers and upgrade the culverts along the stretch.

Besides this, he would also approach Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof for two other flood mitigation projects.

“To prevent flooding around Jalan Mayang Pasir, our proposal is to build a bypass at the Jalan Tengah traffic lights so that water from the Giant Hypermarket area can drain into Sungai Keluang. The project will cost about RM2mil,” he said.

He added that for the Jalan Mahsuri and Jalan Mayang Pasir areas, three culverts in front of Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah near Kampung Jawa need to be upgraded.

Last year saw extraordinary monsoon rains, some lasting about 10 hours, that put many parts of Bayan Lepas and Bayan Baru in knee-deep water several times.

On Dec 8, an evening torrent flooded several areas, leaving factory workers unable to exit the area for hours.

Sim said that for a start, three dredging projects on two rivers to combat flooding in Bayan Baru were expected to start mid-April.

Sungai Keluang will be deepened at two stretches from the Jalan Mayang Pasir bridge to the grounds of ASE Electronic (M) Sdn and Jalan Tun Dr Awang. A 1km-stretch of Sungai Nibong Kecil nearby will also be dredged.

“The three projects will cost RM260,000, with RM170,000 for Sungai Keluang and RM90,000 for Sungai Nibong Kecil. The walkway along Sungai Keluang will be paved and upgraded for people to jog. These will take about two months to complete,” he told a press conference in Bayan Baru on Friday.

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