Drainage issue causes waterlogging

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2020

Refurbishment works at Klang’s Stadium Sultan Suleiman is in its final stage but there is concern as the track gets waterlogged after heavy rain. — filepic

KLANG’S Stadium Sultan Suleiman, which is being refurbished, is prone to waterlogging after a downpour.

Continuous rain for 45 minutes recently caused the stadium’s track to be waterlogged caused by an unresolved cross culvert that needs to be widened to accommodate high surface runoff.

Stadium Sultan Suleiman, sits on flat land that is much lower than the surrounding area.

Each time a downpour occurs, surface runoff overwhelms the curtain drains as the cross culvert outside the stadium’s fence along Jalan Kota Raja, is unable to accommodate the high volume of water.

The 45-year-old stadium has been closed for major repairs since September 2018 to resolve water ponding at the site.

Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) acting-president Elya Marini Darmin said the council was aware of the curtain drains overflowing around the track.

“Our contractors have informed us of the situation. We understand that the waterlogged level is about 10cm and it covers the track.

“We are aware of comments posted on social media but people must understand that the terrain surrounding the stadium is higher.

“The solution to this is to widen the cross culvert outside the stadium’s perimeter fence next to Dewan Melayu Klang that goes across Jalan Kota Raja. It is a permanent solution to connect the cross culvert to lead to the drainage basin near Sungai Klang, ” she added.

Elya added that the waterlogged condition was only at the track area and had not affected the field.

“Upgrades on the field included a network of subsoil collector drains, geotextile covering and the field was raised 60.9cm with a combination of porous mix of sand, gravel and soil. Because of this, the rainwater flows out easily from the field area, ” she said adding that the repair works at the stadium was still ongoing.

It was reported earlier that refurbishment work should be completed soon and the stadium would be open to the public this month.

On Sept 17 last year, StarMetro reported that the stadium would face a delay in the refurbishment exercise because the work was being carried out with very few workers.

It was also reported that MPK had given an additional RM375,000 on top of the RM4mil to the contractor because the grandstand’s steel structure had to be replaced.

The stadium is a popular venue among senior citizens, sporting enthusiasts and sportsmen.

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