The public hearing on the draft Local Plan for central district of Seberang Perai ( 2006-2020), initiated by MPSP, has finally commenced, one and a half years after the draft local plan put up on public display via a month long public exhibition at the ground floor of MPSP Building from 15 March – 12 April 2012.
Having perused the draft local plan(2006-2020) and submitted my suggestions and comments on 18/4/2012, I was given a 20 minute time slot to present my views and suggestions to the Public Hearing Committee comprising some 15 members on 29/11/2013. One of the issues which I highlighted is the perennial floodings affecting thousands of residents along the riverbanks of Sungai Rambai and Sungai Juru area in the district of central Seberang Perai.
Need to built Retention Ponds on Urgent Basis
In order to effectively alleviate the perennial problems of flash floods in the Sungai Rambai suburbs and some parts of downstream area of Juru area, I stressed that the 2 proposed retention ponds at the upper stream (indicated coloured white in the plan below) located at the north –east of Bandar Perda township must be built on an urgent basis, the ponds appeared to be too closed to the proposed residential zone and a buffer zone between the retention ponds and future housing area is needed. (refer picture below)
I further stressed that the size of the ponds must be clearly specified and must be able to adequately store specified volume of rainwater during heavy rainfall. In addition to the retention pond, a diversion canal needs to be built from the retention pond to facilitate the dispersal of rainwater, one canal towards the east and another canal towards the south respectively, this is to ensure that, in the event of continuous heavy rainfall, some of the rainwater will be allowed to overflow from the retention pond and diverted towards the east instead of allowing the entire rainwater gushing down towards the southern downstream area of Sungai Rambai and floods the residential areas along the river banks of Sungai Rambai.
Proposed 5 acre Bukit Minyak recreational area at the Juru River Dam Area
I highlighted that the draft local plan does not indicate specifically the landscape recreational area for the residents of Bukit Minyak area, and hence, there is a need to earmark at least 5 acres of the existing river reserve land along Juru Dam area in the Local Plan for public recreational use.
The area need to be landscaped and upgraded with public facilities such as car parks, jogging track , bicycle track and public toilet. See Picture below Mark as “1″
Finally, I reminded the Public Hearing committee members that MPSP is taking too long to conduct this public hearing, 1 year and 7 months instead of 6 months as required by the Malaysia’s Town and Country Planning Act and I urge them to publish the Local Plan according to the schedule time after the process of public hearing.