GEORGE TOWN, Oct 15 – The Penang state government will continue efforts to overcome flash floods by upgrading the drainage systems in Jalan Transfer, Jalan Hutton and surrounding areas. State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the state government planned to boost the capacity of the existing drains in the areas by two metres to 3.6 metres and 4.8 metres.
He said the drains at the roads could simultaneously become a water retention pond during high tide. “I believe the people of Penang know the situation in Jalan Transfer and Jalan Hutton which have always been experiencing floods for decades. Among the contributors for the floods is high sea water level.
“Now the council is going to implement this phase of the project. This has been approved recently by the State Executive Council meeting on flood mitigation and the estimated cost is RM6.05 million,” he told reporters here, today. Chow said the project, which involved a 709-metre drain, would start in January next year and expected to be completed in March, 2016. He also advised residents and traders in the surrounding areas to give their cooperation during the period because it would disrupt public utilities in the area.