New tunnel to prevent floods in Kuala Lumpur

By FARAH FAZANNA ZULZAHA
farahfazanna@thestar.com.my

Fixing the problem: Astaman showing where the new tunnel will be built to solve the flooding problem in Kuala Lumpur.

TO OVERCOME flash floods in Kuala Lumpur, Kampung Baru Development Corporation said a tunnel is being built to channel water from Sungai Bunus and prevent overflowing during a downpour.

Its chairman Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz said works were currently in progress and that the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) was monitoring the works.

“The new tunnel will be built from the National Library in Jalan Tun Razak, allowing water to flow into Sungai Klang.

“The new 900m tunnel will be replacing the current smaller tunnel next to it as it cannot accommodate the amount of water collected during a downpour,” said Astaman during a press conference at the corporation’s headquarters in Kampung Baru recently.

He added that three new retention ponds would also be built in Setapak, Setapak Jaya and in Jalan Semarak at Pulapol’s premises, in addition to the existing Kampung Boyan retention pond in Kampung Baru.

“The lack of vegetation in the area is the main cause of flooding and retention ponds will help to channel the excess water when it rains and prevent flash floods,” he said.

Astaman said the RM180mil project was expected to be completed in 2014.

On another matter, he advised Kampung Baru landowners not to believe claims that the Government plans to acquire their land under the Land Acquisition Act 1960.

“The Act only allows for public infrastructure such as road and highways.

“The development of Kampung Baru falls under the Kampung Baru Development Corporation Act 2011, which focuses on economic and commercial growth,” he said.

Kampung Baru Development Corporation CEO Naharudin Abdullah said they would hold meetings with the landowners and residents regarding the development project starting June.

“The meetings will be held until September so that the landowners will understand how the development will benefit them,” he said.

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