The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council said the builder of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang expressway (SUKE) could have thwarted the flash floods in Taman Bukit Teratai if they have installed a proper mitigation system, reported the Malay Mail Online.
After the mudflow on Tuesday (11 April), the council instructed SUKE’s builder to clean the retention pools in the hillside, clear the drains in the area of sediments and repair the gabion walls intended to trap rain water on the hillslope.
According to Zafrul Fazry Fauzi, the council’s engineering head, they had ordered the builder to improve their flood control system. Once they are ready, it would be inspected by an independent consultant.
“By April 17, desilting must be complete, but before that a proper mitigation plan must be ready.”
He also confirmed that they have temporarily stopped the construction work on 20 March, a day after the first flood happen. The second one occurred on Tuesday (11 April). Both floods happened after the retention pond at the worksite gave way due to heavy rain.
Zafrul informed the Malay Mail that Prolintas is currently prohibited from doing land clearing works until they fulfilled the conditions set by the council.
“During an inspection on 7 April, we found the developer had not carried out proper mitigation works. We did not lift the stop work order as we want to ensure there would not be any untoward incidents.”
He explained that the council had requested the builder to expedite the construction before the flash flood happened.
“The council had given the green light for land clearing works to begin in January after the council was satisfied the developer had met all conditions set by the council and other agencies.”
Meanwhile, SUKE’s builder, Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas), admitted that the mudflow is due to works being done on the hill top for the construction of the expressway.
“Measures are being carried out to upgrade the ponds at the site to ensure the problem is solved. We will make the three current ponds bigger, so that water flow from the top of the hill can be controlled,” said Prolintas Project manager Abdul Halim Romli, adding that another reason for the flood is the clogged drains in the area.
“Contractors have been clearing the drains since Tuesday when the mudflow occurred. We will ensure the drains are cleared.”
Halim added Prolintas has teamed up with developer Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd to clear the drains and install sandbags around the residential area to mitigate flooding.
He also promised that Prolintas will compensate the residents of the 14 homes impacted by the flood. But the process for claiming it is expected to take up to six months at least.
“We have engaged our insurance company to ensure victims get the claims they deserve,” noted Halim. “Dialogues are being carried out between the insurance company and residents affected by the flood.”
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