Second phase of Kg Melayu Subang flood mitigation project set for 2023

Repair works being undertaken by DID in Taman Setia Warisan last month following floods that occurred in the Kampung Melayu Subang vicinity. — Courtesy photo

The flood mitigation project involving Sungai Pelempas near Kampung Melayu Subang is midway through, with phase one completed.

The appointment of consultant and awarding of tender for phase two is scheduled for next year (2023).

“The Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) is carrying out the flood mitigation project over two phases to address flooding in Kampung Melayu Subang, Shah Alam,” said Selangor infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim.

“The first phase, which costs RM25.98mil, started in April 2016 and was completed in January this year.

“The second phase costs RM15mil and is now at the consultant appointment process so, the tender will be awarded in 2023.

“The total cost for both phases is RM40.98mil.”

In addition, Izham said DID had also carried out several short-term projects to address flooding problems in Kampung Melayu Subang and its surrounding areas.

“Works to conserve Sungai Pelempas cost about RM95,000 and were completed in April 2021. Works to strengthen and stabilise the banks of Sungai Pelempas cost about RM410,000 and were completed in October this year, while works to build outlets connected to Sungai Pelempas cost about RM20,000 and were completed last month.

“These short-term projects cost close to RM525,000 in total,” he said during a recent Selangor state assembly sitting in Shah Alam.

Kota Damansara assemblyman Shatiri Mansor had asked for updates on the flood mitigation project, which he said affected Kampung Melayu Subang and Taman Setia Warisan.

Shatiri later urged the state government and DID to look into the design of the project, as he felt that it would be better to instal sheet piles instead of building bunds.

“There are several methods that can be considered, not just sheet piles or earth bunds, but also flood walls and geobags,” said Izham.

“We will look into all aspects before carrying out phase two of the flood mitigation project.”

Meanwhile, Izham said communities also played an important role in helping the government to prevent floods from recurring.

“They should avoid dumping rubbish into drains or rivers.

“For example, the situation is so bad that if it floods in Taman Sri Muda, water that flows into the reservoir gets stuck because of the huge volume of trash.

“A backhoe is needed to remove the trash that even includes mattresses.

“The public can alert the authorities if there are illegal activities such as illegal dumping or construction being carried out along river reserves or even report on riverbank failure or structures that interfere with the flow of river water.

“They can also support the National River Trail Programme, plogging and other related activities to show their love for the environment,” he added.

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