May 17, 2008
WORK to build three tidal gates at Taman Limbungan along Jalan Chain Ferry in Butterworth has commenced and will be completed in two weeks’ time.
The RM500,000 project, which started on Thursday, is expected to put an end to floods during high tide.
Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Law Choo Kiang and Penang Drainage and Irrigation Department deputy director Mohd Abu Bakar Othman went on a site visit yesterday to inspect the project.
“The new tidal gates have flexible valves and pollutant trap that will make them more effective during high tide,” said Mohd Abu Bakar.
He said the current tidal gates were frequently clogged with rubbish.
Law, who urged the public to stop throwing rubbish indiscriminately, was confident that the tidal gates would solve the tidal flooding woes in the area.
“We are confident the project would settle the problem but if the residents still encounter flooding, please inform us and we would determine what went wrong,” said Law.
Mohd Abu Bakar added that the project was among the 19 components slated under the Sungai Prai Total Solution Rehabilitation project.
“The department had completed three of the components and we hope to finish the project in two years’ time.
“We would address one area at a time according to the urgency and the total cost has been estimated at about RM5mil,” he said, adding that the 19 components were flood prone areas in central and north Seberang Prai that had been identified by the department.
Earlier this month, business along Jalan Chain Ferry was disrupted as tidal wave rose over the 2.4m average, flooding roads and shop houses