DRAINS from Prima Setapak to Jalan Genting Kelang in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, will be upgraded by the end of the year following complaints of recent flash floods in the area.
Wangsa Maju PKR chief Andre Lai said clogging occurred at the drainage interchange network along Jalan Genting Kelang that channels water to Sungai Bunus.
“The recent flash floods at the Prima Setapak commercial area disrupted businesses in the vicinity as water had flowed into the shoplots.
“We received a lot of complaints from nearby businesses and conducted several site inspections in the area with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
“We found out that illegal structures built at the back lanes and drains covered with concrete had made removing rubbish from the drains difficult, ” he said during a press conference at an eatery in Prima Setapak.
Shopowners who had built illegal structures along the back lanes will need to dismantle the structures within a week or risk being issued summonses by DBKL.
“We have pinpointed the locations in which DBKL will tear down the concrete covering the drains and upgrade the drains to prevent future flooding.
“We have also requested about 10 hawkers trading along Jalan Prima Setapak to relocate to facilitate the drainage upgrading works.
“The proposal to relocate had been agreed by the management of Sri Pelangi condominium, who rented the place to the hawkers, ” Lai added.
Shopowners in Prima Setapak are angry that their shops are flooded whenever there is a downpour.
AIM hair studio owner Sharmaine Chen said it did not only spoil her furniture but also left a foul stench.
“Sometimes, the smell lingers for a week and this gives our customers an unpleasant experience.
“All we can do is divert the water that enter the shop but this can last for hours.
“We even see maggots in the floods, ” she said.
Hardware shop worker Yee Choon Wai said the drains were filled with stagnant water.
“When it rains, water would spill over.
“I can see water gushing out from the manhole at the back lanes whenever there is a downpour, ” he said, adding that the problem had been going on for about 10 years.
Wangsa Maju MP Tan Yee Kew said the obstructions along the back lanes would be torn down to allow the cleaning of the drains.
“These illegal structures do not only block traffic along the back lanes and the cleaning of drains, it also becomes a safety hazard.
“There is even an abandoned car parked at the back lane, which will be towed away.
“Business owners have the responsibility to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the environment which includes proper disposal of domestic waste as well as instalment of grease traps, ” she said.