Anti-flood project in Batu Maung to start soon

(From left) Kumaresan, Sim, Chow and Cheah checking the blueprint for the flood mitigation work in Lintang Bayan Lepas 9.

A RM24mil flood mitigation project will be launched next month at Taman Iping in Batu Maung, Penang.

Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin said the project would pump water out of the drains in the area into Sungai Nipah.

“The funding for the project comes from the state,” he said at a press conference in Lintang Bayan Lepas 9.

On the RM1.14mil flood control project in Lintang Bayan Lepas 9, state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the project was completed.

The project involved diverting floodwaters from the area to Sungai Nipah.

“We also built drains measuring 375mm to 900mm and 1,200mm to serve as a rainwater reservoir.

“The roads in the area were raised by two feet (0.61metre).

“The project, funded by the state government, was ready in November last year.

“The project was implemented following complaints from the factories in the area.”

Chow said the state was still waiting for RM1bil funding from the Federal Government to start 13 large-scale flood mitigation projects in Penang.

On a separate matter, Sim said the Home Ministry should clarify why 290,437 stateless children should have a passport to be eligible for schooling in the country.

On Dec 28, the Immigration Department sent out a circular stating that stateless children had to produce their passports before they could be admitted to schools.

Also present at the press conference were Penang Island City councillor A. Kumaresan and council senior engineer Cheah Chin Kooi.

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