GEORGE TOWN: The flooding woes in the Bayan Baru area will be a thing of the past once the RM20.1mil flood mitigation project is completed in 2020.
Penang Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said the project involved the construction of a 1.25km collector drain and a 140m box culvert, the upgrading of a 3.5km drain and the building of a new pump house.
“The four components will alleviate flooding in Jalan Mahsuri, Persiaran Mahsuri 1, Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Jalan Mayang Pasir, Jalan Tengah and Jalan Datuk Ismail Hashim.
“Hopefully, when completed, the flood woes in the area and along Sungai Relau will be addressed,” he said during the ground-breaking ceremony on Monday.
Lumson Bina Engineering Sdn Bhd has been appointed to handle the project.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was also present, said the state was in the midst of implementing eight high-impact projects costing RM150mil.
“This pump house here has the largest screw pump in the state and is able to channel out 12 cubic metres of water per second,” he said.
Chow said the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) had also applied for an additional RM28mil allocation for flood mitigation projects in Pondok Upeh, Teluk Kumbar and Teluk Bahang, which are expected to start next year.
Also present at the ceremony were Penang DID director Mohd Azmin Hussin and Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.
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