KAMPUNG Baru Sungai Buloh residents flood woes are expected to end by next year with the plan to upgrade the entire drainage system there.
Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said the Public Works Department (JKR) would begin the large-scale project next year in stages to resolve flash floods in the area.
“The drainage system in this area has created a lot of problems, as it has not been upgraded for many years, with many drains clogged,” he said.
Residents have complained of floods in the area due to bad drainage.
Ng visited the construction site of a partially collapsed drain under repair along Jalan Industri 9 at Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh.
Work on the 100m-long drain, including widening and reinforcing the walls, cleaning works, repairs to the feeding pipes and road widening began in July and is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
The state allocated RM800,000 for the repairs on the drain as well as the drainage system to combat floods.
Ng said it was a challenge to conduct upgrading works as the area was an unorganised heavy industrial zone with an unsystematic network of drains.
During the site visit, he was accompanied by Kota Damansara assemblyman Shatiri Mansor, JKR engineer Ilias Abdullah, Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh village head Hoo Sook Wan, village communications officer Tony Cheong and several Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh residents.
Illias said JKR would conduct extensive checks on critical flood zones within Kampung Baru Sungai Buloh and upgrade as many drains as possible over the next year.
Hoo said flooding had occurred in the area for 15 to 20 years and was grateful that JKR was taking action to fix the problem.
Nearby roads such as Jalan Welfare, Jalan Baru Sungai Buloh and Jalan Industri 10 were also frequently flooded.
She recalled the worst floods on Nov 15, 2018, where the entire area was under water, damaging factories and homes.
There were even incidents of vehicles being swept away,” said Hoo.
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