STERN action will be taken against the developer of a new housing project believed to be causing flooding in Taman Sri Wani if another flash flood occurs in the area.
Jelapang Assemblyman Cheah Poh Hian said the state government will fine the company RM5,000 if the issue reoccurs and a subsequent RM25,000 if the problem is not resolved.
“The developer will be fined by the state government under the Roads, Drainage and Buildings (Act 133) 1974 if this issue arises again.
“This problem started last year, but it was only after the heavy rain last week that we decided to take action,” Cheah told a press conference recently.
“The developer and the Ipoh City Council (MBI) cleaned and removed mud on the roads in the housing area following complaints from the residents there,” he added.
Cheah explained, before any project, a developer needs to do a study on how much water the existing drainage system can handle, where the water ends up and how the project affects the environment.
“Once the study is done, a project plan is drawn up and sent to the MBI.
“MBI will then approve the plan and the project can begin,” he said.
“I suggest that the MBI monitor the projects that they approve to avoid problems like this from occurring in the future,” he added.
Retiree Lee See Hin, 67, said he had lodged eight complaints with the MBI since last year.
“It was only last week that action was taken after the heavy rain that lasted about two hours.
“The flooding caused yellow mud to gather in front of many houses here,” he said, adding that houses nearest the development site were badly affected.
“The mud has also entered homes, damaging furniture,” he added.
A pensioner who only wanted to be known as Kamala, 67, said she was unable to leave her house due to the thick mud.
“The mud is difficult to remove especially with my age. I have stayed here since 1988 and this was not the first time the flood has happened here,” she said adding there was another flood eight years ago.
“I’m just glad that something is finally being done to handle the situation and hope that this event would not happen again,” she added.
Also present was Batu Gajah MP V. Sivakumar.