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Ng Wei Aik (right) examining the site that is clogged and causing flash floods. Pic by Muhammad Mikail Ong

GEORGE TOWN: A clogged stretch of drain in Jalan Anson has led to flash floods.

Tanjong member of parliament Ng Wei Aik said the situation had worsened in the past three weeks.

Speaking to Streets during a site inspection, Ng said one of the main contributors to the flooding was the collapse of an underground drainage wall. This caused water to overflow onto the road.

He claimed the developer of the gallery had done shoddy remedial works adding that the heavy vehicles passing the entrance to the gallery had also damaged the underground drainage.

“Investigations by the local council showed that the developer did not patch the damaged section as required by provisions under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.

“The Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) has issued a letter to the developer to repair the clogged section to minimise flash floods,” said Ng.

He said the size of the manholes constructed by the developer was also not in compliance with the council’s standards.

Ng said a reminder had been issued to compel the developer to get its act together.

The letter also stated that the developer had two weeks from Dec 26 to comply with their conditions or risk facing legal action.

Also present were MPPP engineering department officials and staff.

The developer’s assistant project manager Frankie Chan said the company would extend its full cooperation to MPPP to mitigate flash floods in Jalan Anson.

He said the company had carried out immediate remedial works after the underground drainage wall gave way. By Phuah Ken Lin