Sunday, December 18, 2011

Flash floods at Jalan Tun Razak should be tackled fast

Calls have been made by various quarters to find solutions to the flash floods which occurred at Jalan Tun Razak last Tuesday, following a downpour.

They said that the recurrence of flash floods at the city's major traffic artery has been an on-going problem and efforts should be made to resolve the problem once and for all.

Barisan Nasional (BN) coordinating chairman for Titiwangsa Parliamentary constituency, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani, said a holistic approach should be taken to resolve the problem so that the area would no longer be hit by flash floods.

"We cannot hope for the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) or the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry (KWPKB) only to resolve the problem. It needs the participation of all quarters," he added.

He said a huge allocation was needed to build more flood mitigation infrastructure and also to carry out river diversions.

This would require the federal government to provide the allocation as DBKL and KWPKB might have limited funds, he added.

Johari, who is also chairman of the Titiwangsa Community Service Centre, said the centre had received many complaints from residents on problems facing them when floods occurred, especially those in Kampung Baru, who had to evacuate to higher ground.

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said Sungai Bunus, which flows across Jalan Tun Razak, Kampung Baru, Jalan Semarak and several areas in Setapak, could not accommodate the volume of rainfall on that day causing the river water to spill the banks and spread to Jalan Tun Razak and the surrounding areas.

"I'll raise this matter to the cabinet to allocate RM20 million to divert the flow of the water from Sungai Bunus to Sungai Gombak through Taman Tasik Titiwangsa," he said at a function in Cheras.

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