Monsoon drain upgrade in PJS1 ends decade-long flood issue

The monsoon drain in PJS1 before the upgrade.

A poorly designed monsoon drain in Taman Kanagapuram, Petaling Jaya, has been upgraded after more than a decade of flooding woes.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said he had raised this issue with the relevant authorities as early as 2013 and was glad the drain was upgraded at the end of last year.

“This drain flows from Petaling Jaya Old Town towards PJS1 and eventually into the Sungai Klang, ” explained Rajiv.

“The monsoon drain is built with concrete slabs but a 150m stretch of this drain at PJS1 narrows as it is not reinforced with concrete slabs.

“When there is a downpour, the drain overflows and floods Taman Kanagapuram.

“In the past, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) would desludge the drain to enable better flow.”

Last year, a contractor building a new Tamil primary school at PJS1 upgraded the monsoon drain, which was right next to it, and since then, there had been no more flooding complaints from Taman Kanagapuram residents, he added.

He noted that the land was formerly occupied by Kampung Muniandy squatters, who vacated the land for the school to be built and enabled the drain upgrade works to be carried out properly.

He said under the Bukit Gasing constituency, there were eight flood hotspots because of drainage issues, which were gradually being addressed.

The hotspots were Jalan Railway, Jalan Carey, Jalan 1/3, Jalan Templer, SJKT Vivekananda, Jalan 18/11, Taman Kanagapuram and Section 12.

“We have addressed the flooding issue in most of these areas with the help of MBPJ and the relevant authorities over the years, ” he said.

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