Making way for flood mitigation

Only two out of 22 houses in Desa Rantau Subang are still standing. The rest have been demolished to make way for the flood mitigation project. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

AFTER being delayed for several years, the main phase of the Sungai Pelempas flood mitigation project will go ahead following the demolition of houses and workshops built on river reserve land.

State public amenities, agricultural modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim said most of the structures built along Sungai Pelempas were demolished during a joint operation.

“Action had to be taken under Section 425 of the National Land Code 1965 for illegal settlement on government land, ” he said.

He stressed that the RM15.13mil state-funded project was crucial to overcome flash floods in the Petaling district.

“One major component of the flood alleviation project is to widen and deepen a stretch of 2.1km along Sungai Pelempas, ” he said during a press conference at his office in the state Secretariat building in Shah Alam.

Izham said the project had begun in April 2016 and should have been completed in October 2017 but was stalled because the structures were in the way.

He said the occupants of the buildings were given financial compensation of RM15,000 for single-storey structures and RM30,000 for double-storey structures.

“Other than the financial compensation, all had been offered houses under the Rumah Selangorku scheme, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Desa Rantau Subang residents in Section U3, Shah Alam are crying foul over the demolition of the structures in 16 lots of land along Jalan Ikhlas to facilitate the flood mitigation project.

Desa Rantau Subang Residents Association and Action Committee chairman Masri Mustapha said the compensation was insufficient as the houses built there cost over RM100,000.

“Although the owners have been offered Rumah Selangorku units in Rimbayu Saujana, the project will only be completed in a few years’ time.

“In the meantime, where will the affected residents stay?” he asked during a press conference at the site.

Masri said they were not squatters as the residents in the area had applied for a grant for 105 lots of land.

“We made the application in 1990 and all were approved except for these 16 plots, ” he said.

Sungai Pelempas separates Desa Rantau Subang and a vacant land owned by a corporation.

A gabion wall was erected on the company’s land as a boundary to the river reserve.

All except two of the 22 structures have been demolished.

Rosnani Abdullah, 57, one of the houseowners whose bungalow is still intact, confirmed that her house would be demolished eventually.

“The demolition has been delayed because I have not moved all my belongings. But I was told that my house would be brought down, ” she said.

Retired soldier Sazali Misran, 63, said he had spent RM100,000 to build his house and would now have to move elsewhere.

Also present at the press conference were Sungai Buloh PAS president Zaharudin Mohammad and Sungai Buloh Umno president Datuk Megat Firdouz Megat Junid.

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