Hilir Sungai Pinang project to reduce flood woes

The project will be funded by the Penang Island City Council, says mayor Yew.

FLOODING problems in the Hilir Sungai Pinang area in Penang will be alleviated with the completion of a RM1.85mil flood mitigation project that includes a water retention pond with a capacity of 5,000 cubic metres of water.

Besides this, the 0.81ha open space near Hilir Sungai Pinang in Penang also has basic recreational facilities.

Penang Island City Council mayor Yew Tung Seang said the council would fund the project.

“The whole project and the drainage system upgrading works in the area consist of a retention pond, three box culverts and four pumps.

“The retention pond will be able to store water when there is a downpour before the water is pumped out to Sungai Pinang,” he said in his speech during a site inspection on Monday.

Yew said that there was also a jogging and cycling track around the retention pond, which is on a 0.4ha plot of land.

“The project site can be used for leisure activities as it is suitable for the public.

“There are trees around the area providing shade.

“The trees were saved from being chopped,” he said.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow, who was also present, said the project would benefit some 6,000 residents.

“Besides solving their flood woes, the project site is also for recreational benefit. This is another bonus for the people.

“The state is seriously looking into the flooding problems in Penang.

“In 2017, we approved a RM150mil allocation for nine flood mitigation projects,” said Chow.

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