MPAJ: Developer has a week to submit flood mitigation plans

THE AMPANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is still waiting for flood mitigation proposals by a highway developer in Lembah Jaya.

Council acting secretary Johari Atli said MPAJ had given the company a week to come up with the measures.

“We have ordered them to do so on Thursday (Nov 25). MPAJ will also need to assess the short and long-term plans that are proposed,” he said.

He said the developer was working with the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) to carry out deepening works at Sungai Ampang, which began on Saturday (Nov 27).

“Works on the upstream parts are being done by the developer, while DID is in charge of the downstream areas.

“Works are expected to complete within two weeks,” he said, adding that preliminary works found broken furniture and used tyres on the riverbank.

Johari was commenting on a flash flood in Lembah Jaya on Nov 22, which saw 260 homes affected, involving nearly 1,200 individuals.

Several areas were submerged in water, from 0.3m to 1.5m in depth, after a downpour that lasted for more than an hour in the late evening.

Ampang MP Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin told Bernama on Nov 23 that mud and sediments from a nearby highway under construction, could have caused the incident.

During a visit on Saturday, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari told the media that he had instructed MPAJ to look into the matter.

MPAJ then ordered the developer to improve its flood mitigation measures and carry out works to deepen Sungai Ampang.

Johari was met at an event to give out RM100 vouchers to the needy, held at MPAJ headquarters in Pandan Indah.

He said MPAJ identified 500 recipients, after vetting over 3,000 applications that were made online since March this year.

“Our focus was on those who lost their jobs, single mothers and families with disabled relatives,” he added.

These vouchers could be redeemed at selected supermarkets for daily necessities.

The event also announced the winners of the storytelling and poem recital competitions, which ran virtually from Aug 23 to Sept 16, for primary and secondary schoolchildren.

Headteachers received the prizes on their students’ behalf, with winners receiving RM500, RM350, RM200, and RM100 for consolation prizes.

Johari said MPAJ had spent some RM98,000 on education-related programmes, as well as facilities and logistics for schools in the municipality since 2019.

Also announced were the Clean Toilet Competition winners for five categories, namely shopping malls, petrol stations, schools, restaurants and worship houses.

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