Collapse of Section 3 Kota Damansara Water Retention Pond Compounded Sunday's 26.2.2006 Flood at Shah Alam
In many places, flood water hovered around 1m high. It rose to about 2.3m in a few areas, almost reaching the roof of single storey houses.
The authorities blamed the massive flood on unpredictable "mother nature"; convergence of winds from the South China Sea and Indian Ocean at the Straits of Malacca - a rare occurrence, clogged drains, shallow rivers due to siltation caused by upstream development, etc
we have posted to this blog, one UNREPORTED and UNNOTICED but jaw dropping root cause to this problem that has compounded Sunday's flood situation....
The collapse of bund structure - a 40 acres water retention pond at Section 3 Kota Damansara... has resulted in water volume equals to 10 to 15 feet of water depth multiply by 40 acres water body gushed out from a broken bank of the water retention pond to low lying areas in Subang and Shah Alam area... compounded the flood situation.
This 40 acres pond was dried-up within hours!
This serves to remind PKNS's arrogant town planner, Cik Norzila and the Selangor State government the importance of this water retention pond to mitigate flood in low lying areas, downstream of this water retention pond.
To begin with, look at this map...
Self-explanatory satellite map showing the flow of Sungai Damansara into Section 3 Kota Damansara water retention pond.
This water retention pond at Section 3 Kota Damansara is located along Jalan Teknologi, Kota Damansara, directly infront of Sekolah Sri KDU, next to Damansara Indah Resort Homes Zone 2.
More interestingly, this water retention pond and its surrounding strips of land were actually been zoned for water retention and recreational purposes, under the Kota Damansara Master Plan.
It's indeed puzzling, the Selangor State government would allow the change of land-use and reduction of the water retention pond for this purpose.
If the answer is a definite YES, please don't blame it on mother nature again... when she strikes!
I am sure the engineers of JPS, PKNS, MPPJ etc can justify their decision to reduce this retention pond by 10.2 acres by complicated engineering calculations to prove its compliance to minimum standards and requirements as laid down by specific laws or guidelines.
Yes, it complied on paper but... "tak boleh pakai!"
I would like to bring to your attention one REAL incident...
Such arrogance and disrespect to mother nature of a town planner is indeed very worrying...
Her town planning expertise and engineering calculations... no matter how good it shows on paper has proven to fail and failed miserably, within merely 100 days! I dread what's going to happen in the next 100 years.
Back to reduction of the said water retention pond by 25%, ie, 10.2 acres out of the total 40 acres,
Do you think MB Selangor, JPS Selangor, PKNS, MPPJ, ADUN Kota Damansara... are making wise decision in allowing this water retention pond be reclaimed by 10.2 acres or 25% so as to enable 6 blocks of 25 story apartment to be built on it?
You can make the difference... 'cos
The Building Can Too!