TWO stretches of drains near Taman Slim Makmur in Slim River will be upgraded to alleviate flash floods there.
Tanjung Malim District Council president Faizal Nizam Md Nor said the two projects, to cost about RM1.4mil, would be carried out in the commercial area near Taman Slim Makmur that was often hit by flash floods.
“Several hours of heavy rainfall will cause the commercial area and some surrounding areas there to be inundated with water.
“The first project, which costs about RM733,000, will be at the commercial area near Taman Slim Makmur,” he said after a site visit to the affected areas.
The second project that cost about RM678,000, he said, would be to upgrade the drains from Taman Aman to Taman Slim Perdana.
“Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of October,” he said, adding that the allocation was from Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Faizal Nizam also said the district council had previously upgraded the drains and the drainage system in the area.
“A 230m stretch of the drain near the commercial area was widened from 1.2m to 3m.
“We also diverted drain water from Taman Aman towards Taman Slim Perdana before it flowed out to Sungai Trolak,” he said, hoping the latest upgrading works would resolve the matter.
Restaurant operator Ruslan Salae, 31, from Taman Slim Makmur, said he would get anxious whenever there was a downpour.
“The monsoon drain tends to overflow during heavy rainfall.
“Most shops will be forced to close and we will suffer losses,” he said.
“I hope the works being conducted will alleviate the problem,” he added.
Noodle seller Lim Leow Kum, 64, said he appreciated the district council for upgrading the drains.
Lim, from Kampung Baru Slim River, said there had been two serious flash floods in 2010 and 2018 where many folk had been affected.
“A lot of belongings were damaged during the two flood incidents.
“We hope the upgraded drains will stop the flash floods once and for all,” he added.