AMPANG JAYA, 1 Nov: The Assemblyman for Chempaka, Iskandar Abdul Samad, has asked the Selangor Irrigation Department (JPS) to hold discussions with the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) to find a solution to overcome the flooding problem in Ampang Jaya.
He said that the residents in Muhibbah Complex, Taman Nirwana, Taman Dagang and Taman Putra Sulaiman face flood problems twice a week due to above normal rainfall, causing existing drains to be unable to cope with large amounts, thus overflowing onto the roads and residential areas.
“We need to improve the drains because they are too small and cannot accommodate rain water, which is believed to be the cause of flooding when exceeding normal levels.
“I asked JPS to discuss with MPAJ to make recommendations to solve this problem, including enlarging existing drains and ditches, in addition to making larger sewers,” he told TVSelangor after a visitation which was attended by representatives of the residents and the Selangor Public Works Department (JKR) here at Taman Putra Sulaiman today.
At the location, TVSelangor found that the waterflow in some drains were not smooth and there was a lot of domestic and solid waste disposed in them, causing blockage.
Iskandar, who is also the Selangor Exco in charge of Housing also informed that the matter will be brought to the attention of the the Exco in charge of Selangor Development and Infrastructure, Dr Yunus Hairi, with reparation projects estimated at RM3 million.
“The cleaning of existing drains must be done because there is sand and waste from development projects, such as concrete, thrown in the same location. Existing construction sites should be monitored so that disposal of sand and construction debris into drains does not happen.
“Local residents are also reminded to not throw waste into drains because in the end, they will be affected when the drains are clogged,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Advisor of the Taman Nirwana Residents’ Association, Mahendran Thomas, 58, asked for the review of the drainage plan in Ampang Jaya, involving several major housing areas, to be carried out because there are various development projects going on in the area.
“The drainage here should be reviewed because it joins the drain at Jalan 41, Taman Nirwana. This should not happen and developers should channel water to other areas.
“The new project also needs to be reviewed because it involves drainage plans for the long term of 20 to 25 years. There is no point fixing concrete because sometimes it breaks, causing drains to be clogged and flooding occurs,” he said.