RESIDENTS in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam are hoping for a permanent solution to address the perennial flooding in the neighbourhood.
Flash floods occur in some parts of the residential area each time there is a downpour.
In fact, the entire neighbourhood was affected after heavy rains during last year’s Deepavali celebration.
Following that incident, state government representatives, Kota Kemuning assemblyman V. Ganabatirau, Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), Public Works Department (JKR) and Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) visited the affected areas.
During the site visit, it was found that two of the four pumps in the pump house were faulty and were not functioning at optimum level.
In addition, the pump house’s filtering system was faulty due to the amount of accumulated rubbish.
Since then, the faulty pumps and filtering system have been repaired.
DID also brought in two temporary pumps that were installed at the flood gate in the pump house, to supplement the existing pumps.
Taman Sri Muda Zone A Rukun Tetangga chairman T. Mogan said the installation of the temporary pumps had improved the situation but hoped the authorities would come up with a permanent solution.
“Irresponsible residents dumping rubbish indiscriminately in the area has contributed to the flooding.
“There are many foreigners living in the area and they dump their rubbish into the drains and even on the road,” said Mohan, who has lived in Taman Sri Muda since 1987.
He added that the residential area was built on lower ground in comparison to other neighbourhoods and infrastructure like Kota Kemuning, Kemuning Utama and the Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas).
Mohan claimed that since Sri Muda was on lower ground, water from surrounding areas flowed into the neighbourhood during downpours, hence contributing to flash floods.
He urged the authorities to clean the drains in the 40-year-old neighbourhood more often as well as widen them to help accommodate the volume of water during downpours.
He noted that MBSA had carried out drainage works but that project did not help alleviate flooding in the area.
“I hope MBSA will engage with residents before carrying out any drain-related works, so that we can give our input as we know the area best.
“If the city council does not carry out flood mitigation works at the right spot then its efforts will be a waste of money,” he said.
Meanwhile, Taman Sri Muda Zone D (Jalan 25/1 to Jalan 25/25) Residents Association vice-chairman Andrew De Silva said that he had voiced his concerns and submitted proposals to MBSA to seal off the drains leading from surrounding areas like Kota Kemuning and Kemuning Utama to prevent water being channelled from those sites located on higher ground.
“I have requested for MBSA to block such drainage outlets so that water from other areas will not flow into Sri Muda.
“I believe that once this is done and with the proper structure and maintenance of our drainage system, the flooding issue can be solved,” he said.
He added that there were water catchment areas sufficient to prevent flooding.
There is a retention pond, a pump house and also a man-made water canal in Sri Muda.
De Silva said drains in the neighbourhood need to be cleaned regularly so that water could flow freely.
He also pointed out the problem created by some residents cementing the front of their houses and adding concrete slabs to cover up the drains made it impossible for MBSA contractors to clean or remove rubbish.
“I have raised this with MBSA.
“I hope the city council will take action and do something about this.
“Last month, the contractors came with the water jetter machines and cleared part of Jalan 25/15 and now water in the drain is flowing but it is still slow,” he said.
He thinks that there may be other things, like cement, clogging the drain.
De Silva said he would seek MBSA’s help to clean the drains at Jalan 25/25.
He also hoped dredging works could be done at the retention pond, which was built in 1997 and it had not been cleaned since then.
In addition, he suggested that the man-made canal be deepened so that it could hold more water whenever there was a downpour.
Ganabatirau said there were plans to help put an end to Sri Muda’s flood woes.
“The state has approved a RM10mil allocation for the installation of two new pumps to replace the temporary pumps at the flood gate.
“I am hoping this project, which will be undergoing the tender process soon, will be completed by end of the year,” he said.
He added that the two new pumps would function at higher power and would be able to help the existing machines pump out water into Sungai Klang more efficiently.
For the time being, said the assemblyman, a machine had been stationed at the pump house to collect rubbish
that got stuck at the filtering
“When we first placed it there, three tonnes of rubbish were
collected. Imagine the amount of rubbish that would have gotten stuck at the pump house,” said Ganabatirau.
He highlighted that there was a lot of illegal dumping in the area, including bulk waste such as motorcycles and mattresses that were dumped into the drains.
He also announced that MBSA had allocated RM2mil to repair and upgrade the drainage and irrigation system in Sri Muda.
“This amount is for the Sri Muda area.
“I was told that the contracts were awarded in July and the projects would start soon.
“It was delayed due to the movement control order earlier,” he added.
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