FINALLY:Traders cheer after two years of suffering
TRADERS along Lorong Beruang recently received good news from Barisan Nasional Bukit Bintang parliamentary secretary, Frankie Gan Joon Zin, pertaining to their flash flood woes.
In a press conference, Gan said that his office had received many complaints from traders about damages caused by flash floods along the alley located behind a row of shops in Jalan Beruang.
Flood water cannot flow out of the area because the walls of the drains have collapsed.
"We are now looking into the cause of the drain collapse, with the help of City Hall's civil engineering and drainage department," said Gan.
There are about 30 shops in Lorong Beruang. The traders here have been complaining that the drain water would always come in during floods.
Imported vegetable trader, Lee Yin Heang, said the dirty water damaged her goods and caused her shop to stink.
Hon Cho San, who has been running a design and printing shop here for more than 20 years, said the problem started about two years ago.
The floods have also caused the back lanes of Lorong Beruang to deteriorate, making it difficult for suppliers to deliver goods.
"After processing the paperwork, City Hall will carry out the repairs in week or two," said Gan.
Repairing the drains will take a month, before the road resurfacing is done.
Meanwhile, rubbish was also seen clogging up the drains and worsening the situation.
"That is the traders' responsibility, to keep the alley clean as Alam Flora collects rubbish every morning," said Gan. "They must at least have rubbish bins there to ease Alam Flora's job."