RM13mil set aside for flood mitigation project in PJ

Workers clearing away mud and debris in Taman Buana Perdana after the flood in March. — Filepic

It will cost almost RM13mil to address the flood issue in Taman Buana Perdana, Taman Medan and Taman Dato Harun in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Petaling Jaya mayor Mohamad Azhan Md Amir said the council had prioritised flood mitigation in those areas and allocated the hefty sum.

“Other councils may not be able to carry out such a project because of the high cost, but we had to find ways to make sure these areas do not flood again.

“The public must understand that we are doing everything we can to address this issue,” said Mohamad Azhan after chairing a meeting with the residents on the flood problem.

In December last year and March this year, these three neighbourhoods were affected by serious floods and residents experienced much in losses as a result.

Several residents representatives met the mayor and other council officers recently and they were briefed on the upcoming flood mitigation project.

The mayor said the project would cost roughly RM4.5mil for Taman Buana Perdana and RM8.2mil for Taman Medan and Taman Dato Harun.

“The work will start in Taman Buana Perdana in the middle of October and we are now in the tendering process.

“The tendering process for the other two areas will start this month and work is estimated to start in November.

“It will be an eight-month project,” said Mohamad Azhan.

Resident Roshen Raj, a committee member of Taman Buana Perdana Residents Association, said the mayor’s presence was welcomed at the meeting.

“In November or December, we may have another round of floods with the monsoon season approaching.

“We need the process to be sped up so that the project can be completed quickly,” he said.

He noted that a long-term plan included extending the drainage in the area.

“The meeting was fruitful because a lot of issues were clarified,” he added.

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