Some parts of PJ still prone to floods

FLOODS have been a longstanding issue in Petaling Jaya. Various causes have been blamed, including construction sites that do not have proper drainage and public drains that are clogged with rubbish.

While some measures were taken to alleviate the problem in certain parts of the city, others remain unresolved.

Among the latter is Sunway Damansara Technology Park, where business operators have been facing muddy waters during downpours for the past one-and-a-half years.

Business operator Anthony Yong said earthwork from a construction site nearby would clog drains, resulting in the area being blanketed with mud and dirt after heavy rain.

Water from sumps would also overflow onto the roads during downpours, again covering various sections of the area in a layer of mud, silt and other debris after the water subsided.

Yong and other business operators are dissatisfied with the responses from the responsible individuals and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) following the numerous complaints they have lodged, as no effective solutions were implemented.

StarMetro reported on Nov 10 that the Kelana Jaya Customs Complex, which was built in 2007, contributed to the recurring floods on the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).

In the report, Litrak’s engineering department head Francisco A. Doss explained that the primary cause of the floods was water overflowing from the complex’s drainage onto the LDP.

Doss said the problem was highlighted to the Customs Department, Public Works Department and project manager of the complex during its planning and construction stage, and that a proposal was being considered to build a retention pond within the complex.

Litrak chief executive officer Sazally Saidi said the company was still pursuing the matter with the Customs Department to expedite the retention pond construction as the flooding problem was getting critical.

On the other hand, residents and business operators in Kampung Chempaka are relieved as measures have been taken to improve the flood situation there.

Kampung Chempaka village chief Theresa Lim said the area used to be flooded by water overflowing from drains and Sungai Kayu Ara, but drainage upgrading works by the state government in the past two years had improved the situation.

“We rarely get floods here now,” said Lim, adding that although one happened several months ago, it was not severe like before.

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