Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is enlarging eight monsoon drains to reduce floods in the capital city.
DBKL Department of Civil Engineering and Irrigation director Tan Keng Chok said the existing drains could not accommodate the increasing amount of rainwater brought on by climate change.
“The enlarging of the drains will expedite the flow of rainwater. The drains will not get clogged and thus prevent flooding,” he told Bernama.
He said the enlarging of the drains in Jalan Air Panas/Jalan Air Madu, at a cost of RM800,000, and in Taman Goodwood, Kuchai Lama, at a cost of RM1.7 million, had been completed.
Three drains were being upgraded, in Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Kampung Datuk Keramat and Jalan Madrasah, Gombak, and the work was expected to be completed in February, September and November 2015, respectively, he said.
Tan said the upgrading of three more drains, in Taman Billion, Cheras; Setia Bestari, Bukit Damansara, and Taman Petaling, Kepong, will begin in January.
In addition to upgrading the drains, DBKL also maintains and cleans drains and rivers. Tan said a contractor had been appointed to undertake this work in anticipation of the floods this year.
DBKL is responsible for maintaining 330km of major drains and 125km of rivers.
“Maintenance of the 5,400km of roadside drains is the responsibility of Alam Flora. DBKL awarded the contract to the company 13 years ago,” he said. – Bernama