A BUND will be built along the Sungai Langat riverbank in Kajang, Selangor, to address a two-decade-old flooding problem affecting three housing areas.
The Selangor government initiative, divided into three projects costing RM1.1mil, will commence soon.
The projects are expected to be completed in November.
State tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said phase one involved the construction of a wall measuring 1.5m in height and spanning 600m along the riverbank.
“Phase one, costing RM300,000, will help prevent water from overflowing into adjacent Taman Sri Langat.
“It will start next week and is expected to be finished within two months,” he said.
Hee, who is also Kajang assemblyman, said phase two involved two projects near Taman Pasir Emas and Taman Hijau, which would kick off next month.
“The 150m-long project near Taman Hijau will cost RM300,000.
“It will also involve works to remove sand from the riverbank to facilitate the construction of the wall.
“That project will run concurrently with the one in Taman Pasir Emas where a 250m-long wall, costing RM500,000, has been planned for,” he elaborated during a site visit to Sungai Langat in Jalan Reko, Kajang where a river deepening project was set to take place. Also present were Drainage and Irrigation Department officers.
Flash floods have been a recurrent problem in Kajang and an issue that residents have grappled with for many years.
Last year, a RM10mil project to deepen Sungai Sekamat, which cuts across several housing areas in Kajang, was initiated by the state government.
This was necessary after continuous downpour on the evening of July 19, 2020, resulted in the river bursting its banks, leaving nearby areas to cope with ankle-deep water.