Build concrete culverts to fix erosion, council urged

Susila says heavy rain has caused erosion on both sides of the drain.

RESIDENTS living along Lorong Turki 2 off Jalan Teluk Pulai in Taman Teluk Pulai, Klang want Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to use the Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris) funds to build concrete culverts to replace the earth-cut drain outside their houses.

Constructed more than 40 years ago, the 300m drain sandwiched between Lorong Turki 2 and Lorong Turki 1 has seen much erosion and wild vegetation.

Susila Raghavan, 68, who lives at Lorong Turki 2, said the recent heavy rain had caused erosion on both sides of the drains and the council needed to address the issue before it got worse.

“Our side of the earth-cut drain flows across Jalan Teluk Pulai below the start of an overpass crossing rail lines into the neighbouring Taman Melawis.

“On the Taman Melawis side, concrete culverts had been built. We need MPK to build concrete culverts here too, ” she said.

The funds from Marris is an annual allocation from the Federal Government, given to state governments to maintain roads and build drains. It also covers repair works on drains and slopes.

Rukun Tetangga Jalan Mengkuang deputy president R. Suresh, 51, said he made numerous requests to MPK’s Engineering Department to have the earth drain replaced with concrete culverts, but to no avail.

“Our residents feel this matter is long overdue. If MPK is unable to use the Marris funds, then the council must include this cost in Budget 2022, ” he said.

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