SIGHS OF RELIEF: The Federal Government allocates RM3.8 million for upgrading works at the Jalan Menteri bridge
IPOH: FLASH floods will soon be a thing of the past for the more than 500 residents of Gugusan Manjoi, here. The Federal Government has allocated RM3.8 million for upgrading works at the Jalan Menteri bridge.
The bridge project is expected to begin this month and be completed next May.
Last February, several villages in Gugusan Manjoi were affected by the worst flash floods in nearly a decade.
More than 100 people had to be evacuated when floodwaters rose between 0.5m and 1m.
Heaps of rubbish trapped below the bridge have been identified as the main cause of the flash floods.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim said residents could look forward to better days ahead.
“Flash floods will soon be a thing of the past for them.
“This is our commitment to the people... to ensure they enjoy better quality of life,” he said at a ground-breaking ceremony of the bridge project recently.
The event was launched by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanazlah. Also present was Manjoi assemblyman Datuk Nadzri Ismail.
Besides upgrading the bridge, Roshidi added that the council had also undertaken other works to prevent the recurrence of flash floods such as the installation of pumps and building of viaducts.
The 2.55m bridge will have pedestrian walkway on its sides. Nadzri said the project was a major development for the people of Manjoi.
“We are thankful to the government, particularly Ahmad Husni, for bringing this project to this part of the city.
“We remember the hardship faced by the people during the flash flood incident and we are grateful that they will no longer face such hardships in future,’ he added.