THE flood mitigation project in Bandar Damai Perdana has been temporarily put on hold just as residents were looking forward to a new year without floods.
Upgrades to the drainage system are expected to begin around February or March 2018.
Flash floods have affected around 20 houses within the neighbourhood for about a decade, especially along Jalan 3/2B, Jalan 4/1A and Persiaran Damai Perdana.
Resident Alex Yap, 32, bought a house along Jalan 4/1A a year ago unaware of the flooding problems in the township.
“Since moving into the house, I have been hit by floods four times, leaving my living room and kitchen under up to 15cm of water. It has also damaged my kitchen cabinets and washing machine,” he said.
Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng brought up the issue with Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) last year.
MPKj followed up with a study in which the council found issues ranging from bottlenecks in the drainage system to a need for an upgrade.
A contractor was appointed through the open tender process on July 6, with a target to complete the RM1.3mil project by Jan 6, said Ng.
“Among the planned upgrades are to install U-drains in certain areas and address issues with bottle-neck drains and culverts.
“MPKj asked for specifications of the material the contractors were going to use, as well a projection of their schedule for the project, both of which they failed to provide.
Ng explained that the specifications on materials were necessary to ensure the standards of materials used to upgrade the drainage system were adequate.
“After three months, the only thing the contractor did was put up a signboard, so we asked MPKj to terminate their contract,” he said, adding that his one regret was having the affected residents wait longer for a new contractor to be appointed.
According to MPKj councillor Khoo Khim Han, upgrades will cover a 405m length of drains and a 1.2m width at Bandar Damai Perdana’s phase 3 and 4.
“If there is a balance left after completing the RM1.3mil project, the money will be used to upgrade and fix other drains within the area,” he said.