Taman Ibu Kota residents want DBKL to fix collapsed drain

RESIDENTS along Jalan Ibukota 5, Taman Ibu Kota, Kuala Lumpur, are worried that a collapsed drain beside their link houses will contribute to flooding and endanger the public.

Concrete debris has covered the drain and is blocking the flow of water.A resident (left) complaining to Lai about the collapsed drain along Jalan Ibukota 5, Taman Ibu Kota, Kuala Lumpur.A resident (left) complaining to Lai about the collapsed drain along Jalan Ibukota 5, Taman Ibu Kota, Kuala Lumpur.

Resident Jenny Tow, in her 60s, said the condition of the drain had worsened due to heavy rain in the area.

“I filed a complaint with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) several months ago but repair works have not started.

“Since the drain is located next to my house, I am worried that it will affect the structural stability of my house and contribute to flash floods,” she said, urging DBKL to look into the problem.

Another resident R. Vijeyndran, 34, who frequents the playground next to Jalan Ibukota 5, is concerned about pedestrians’ safety.

“People may fall into the drain if they are not careful.

“I hope the authorities will rebuild the drain soon,” he said.

Wangsa Maju MP Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew’s special officer Andre Lai said the recent downpour might have contributed to the drain’s collapse.

“Taman Ibukota is an old township and frequent rain might have softened the earth and compromised the drain’s structure,” he said.

Lai added that he had highlighted the matter to DBKL and hoped rectification works would be done as soon as possible.

“As it is now the monsoon season, the drain must be fixed to prevent flash floods,” he said.

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