THE installation of new drain culverts in Taman Sentosa, Klang, as part of flood mitigation efforts is being hampered by the presence of underground utility and telecommunications cables.
The Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) has been tasked with placing the new U-shape drain culverts on both sides of Jalan Raja Nong.
Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj said DID had not laid a number of culverts as there were several cables underground that need to be moved.
“It has been more than two years but the culverts are still lying along the side of Jalan Raja Nong.
“Once the cables are realigned, I was told that DID will be able to complete the monsoon drain spanning 1.5km to divert water into Sungai Aur,” he said.
Gunaraj added that it would take three months to complete the job.
“DID must complete the work soon as the owners of shops fronting Jalan Raja Nong are upset that the culverts are blocking their premises,” he said.
The culverts are also obstructing the view of motorists.
Gunaraj added that another obstacle for the new monsoon drain was the concrete subsurface pipe drainage at three crossings along Jalan Raja Nong that stretch into Jalan Dato Dagang 25, 27 and 29.
“The concrete subsurface pipe drainage is much smaller in specification and would not be able to take the volume of water as it was put in sometime back.
“It would only cause a back flow. DID needs to replace them,” he said.