Ipoh council approves repairs on clogged drain

Ng (third from left) checking on the L-shaped drain at Jalan Hoover in Pasir Pinji that is clogged with food waste.

Ipoh City Council has approved a project to rebuild a stretch of a drain at Jalan Hoover in Pasir Pinji to alleviate the constant issue of blockage.

City councillor Dr Richard Ng said they already had the budget for the project that was approved by the Federal Government and construction work was expected to start once the tender process was completed.

He said it was a recurring issue with the drain there being clogged.

“The city council engineer and I have visited the area.

“The drain is L-shaped and the proposal was for it to be straight,” he said when contacted.

“A straight drain will lessen the chances of it getting clogged up as water can flow more smoothly.

“It will also connect to a nearby monsoon drain.

“I don’t have the exact cost for the project, but it normally costs about RM200,000,” he added.

StarMetro had in August reported that drains at Jalan Hoover and several other roads were clogged due to food waste discarded by food outlets.

Ng said to ensure garbage or food waste do not get into the drains, grease traps must be installed at eateries.

“The city council will step up enforcement and make sure food outlets instal these traps.

“We also urge people not to simply throw other forms of garbage into the drains, as we have found plenty of polystyrene containers and also a basket,” he said.

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