POTHOLES, uneven roads and clogged drains will be one less problem to worry about for Kepong Baru residents after the roads in the area are repaired by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
DBKL has given the go-ahead for Phase Two of the road upgrading works in Lorong Bangau 1 in Persiaran Mergastua, which leads to the back of the Kepong Baru morning market.
The first phase was completed in January last year and the second phase is expected to start in two to three months’ time.
DBKL Civil Engineering and Drainage Department engineer Errwan Abdul Rashid said the project was expected to be completed by the middle of next year.
He added that the cost of repairs, which was estimated to be around RM500,000, would be covered by DBKL.
“We hope to settle the issue of poor water flow and clogged drains, which are the main problems here.
“This is a precautionary step to avoid flash floods from occurring here,” he said during a site visit.
Errwan said several parts of the drains were cemented and sealed shut, causing poor water flow in addition to having a filthy appearance.
“We intend to break these parts of the drains to enable Alam Flora workers to properly clean up the area,” he added.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng’s special assistant Dic Lai hopes shop owners will cooperate with DBKL and the contractors when construction starts.
“Many shop owners are happy with the planned repair works as the resurfaced roads will not have potholes filled with rainwater, which also makes it easier for pedestrians to walk.”
Lai also said the idea of a large community rubbish bin would be considered in the future to avoid irresponsible rubbish dumping in the area.
“Rather than cementing the drains to prevent people from throwing rubbish into them, we will propose adding a community rubbish bin with the Kepong Business Association,” he said.