Road, drain upgrades to solve flash flood woes

Road, drain upgrades to solve flash flood woes

Story by Danny Ooi
Pix by Chris Koay

COME middle of 2016, the flash flood problem along Jalan Thean Teik is expected to be resolved.
Currently, the road widening and drain upgrading project in the area is in progress and this is expected to solve flood problems along the some 200-metre stretch from Treasure View apartments to Sungai Dongdang.
“Flash floods usually occur when there is a heavy downpour, as the existing drainage cannot cope with the excessive water, that is slow to flow into Sungai Dongdang.
“Who says developments cause flash floods? In this case in Air Itam, development through road widening and drainage upgrades will take care of the flood problem,” Air Itam assemblymember Wong Hon Wai told reporters at Jalan Thean Teik on Oct 12.
Also present were project contractor from Leon Teck Sdn Bhd, Kong Seak Kiang.
Wong added that, usually, continuous heavy rain for around 30 minutes will cause flooding up to one foot along Jalan Thean Teik.
He said in conjunction with the construction of the nearby commercial complex, the state government and the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) have directed the developer to widen the affected road and improve the drainage.
The road widening and drain upgrade project is undertaken by developer Farlim Group (M) Sdn Bhd.
Its senior project executive, Chew Kwong Wey, said the existing two lanes along Jalan Thean Teik will be upgraded to four lanes and the drain of 0.3m width be extended to 1.2m.
“We expected the road and drainage upgrade works to be completed by the middle of 2016, and the commercial complex to finish by September,” he added.

Pix Caption:

Wong (third from left), Chew (second from left) and Kong (fourth from left) checking out the road and drain upgrading projects to solve flooding at Jalan Thean Teik.

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