DBKL will allocate RM84.1 million to tackle flash floods

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will allocate RM84.1 million next year to tackle flash flood around the national capital, Mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail said.

Of the amount, RM10.35 million will be from DBKL, RM10 million from the 10th Malaysia Plan allocation, RM4.25 million from the flood mitigation allocation and RM59.5 million from the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley allocation through the “River of Life” programme which will give a new breath of life to the Klang and Gombak rivers.

“DBKL expects the main challenge for us will be to tackle the flash flood which causes damage to properties and threatens lives,” he said when tabling DBKL’s 2012 Budget yesterday.

He said several action plans were being drawn up to tackle the problem especially at Jalan Tun Razak, among them by creating a diversion to divert the water from Sungai Bunus to Titiwangsa Lake before channelling it to Sungai Gombak.

Two retention ponds at Air Panas and Setapak Jaya would also be upgraded at the cost of RM20 million to slow down the flow of waters into Sungai Bunus, he said, adding that the Department of Irrigation and Drainage was preparing a working paper for the purpose.

Ahmad Fuad said DBKL also planned to develop housing areas to address the squatter problem and provide 1,620 units of affordable houses, proposed for construction in Kampung Wira Jaya and Setia Jaya in Setapak, Indian Settlement in Kampung Pandan and Sungai Udang in Segambut.

DBKL also allocates RM96.75 million to repave 33 main roads with a total length of 118.71km as well as public roads and streets with a combined length of about 2,000km. “This includes repairing roads, drains and dangerous intersections,” he said.

Ahmad Fuad said that in line with the Safe City and Garden City of Light concept, DBKL would ensure roads are lighted up, a move which will improve safety for city dwellers.

The overall DBKL budget for next year is RM2.303 billion, comprising RM1.378 billion for management and RM925.27 for development.

– Bernama