Wednesday, 14 March 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM
Rubbish-filled drains cause of floods in Jalan Bukit Meru
DRAINS choked with rubbish along Jalan Bukit Meru in Shah Alam are causing floods in factories in the area.
The dirty monsoon drains under the care of the Public Works Department (JKR) is the reason for the backflow every time it rains heavily.
Factories along the 6km stretch leading into Kemuning Utama have been experiencing floods since 1997, but in the last week the situation had worsened.
Peninsular Steel Galvanising Sdn Bhd had three flooding incidents that wrecked their equipment, which forced workers to leave the premises.
PSG managing director and chairman Eddy K.C. Ng said complaints to JKR fell on deaf ears.
Previously, they had problems with the drains that belonged to the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation department, but the issue was resolved with the help of Shah Alam City Council and councillor Tan Ah Kow.
“This problem occurs six times in a year on average.
“We are one of the pioneers here and have been around for 30 years, so our structures are on lower grounds compared to the surrounding development that raised their ground level,” Ng said.
The latest incident saw floodwaters rise up to 0.6m and corroded a soil wall at the perimeter of their 1.82ha land.
MBSA engineering department paid a visit to the site with Tan following the complaints.
MBSA said the company had to build extra internal drainage and assisted by contacting JKR for further action.
Tan said JKR needed to take ownership of its assets and ensure that it did not cause inconvenience to the factories.
He said MBSA and JPS had done their part and hoped JKR, too, could expedite cleaning and maintenance works.
As it is the beginning of the year, Tan said the department should have no problems getting a budget to begin work immediately.
“I will bring it up at the one-stop centre meeting. We want it officially documented so MBSA can follow up with the relevant departments,” he said.
Tan added that MBSA had lodged complaints and sent letters to JKR for further action.
A JKR officer in charge said the department needed to check on the issue and the ownership of the monsoon drain for further action.