A PROJECT to alleviate flooding woes in Taman Sri Rambai, Taman Desa Damai and some other areas in Bukit Mertajam has been launched for completion in two years.
The RM16.1 project will include widening a 1.12km-long monsoon drain called Parit 4, constructing a pump house, installation of a floating trash boom and upgrading the river banks in Taman Belimbing.
Penang Drainage and Irrigation director Azmin Hussin said Parit 4, which runs through the neighbourhood, has a water retention area of 6.6 sq km.
He said it was among the main drainage system which channels water into Sungai Juru.
“Rapid development has caused flash floods in housing and commercial sections along the drain," he said recently.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow, who was present, said the project would benefit thousands of residents not only in Taman Sri Rambai and Taman Desa Damai but also those living in Taman Belimbing, Kebun Sireh, Kebun Nenas, Kampung Dock and parts of Jalan Tembikai.
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