River Diversion at Rawang


Tuesday December 11, 2007


WHEN the two-phase flood alleviation project in Rawang is completed at the end of next year, the residents will be free from the threat of floods, according to Rawang assemblyman Datuk Tang See Hang.  Tang said this at the ground-breaking ceremony marking the beginning of the second phase of the river diversion project at the SJK (Tamil) Rawang in Jalan Kuala Garing last Friday.  


"In the first phase of the project, Lafarge Malayan Cement and the Selangor State Government successfully relocated 124 squatter families residing along the riverbanks to safer houses in a new residential area in Rawang," Tang said. 


Work will start now on the second phase of the river diversion project to alleviate the flash flood problem in Rawang.  Lafarge Malayan Cement will start deepening the river and work to divert a section of Sungai Rawang stretching about 2.5km from the SJK (Tamil) Rawang to the boundary of the Lafarge quarry. 


The RM10mil project is the second phase undertaken by Lafarge Malayan Cement in co-operation with the Selangor State Government to solve the flash flood problems in Kampung Kuala Garing in Rawang.  


The first phase started in 2004 and stretched about 3.5km from Batu 16 Rawang to the SJK (Tamil) Rawang, costing RM15mil. 


The first phase was to stem the occurrence of flash floods caused by the overflowing from Sungai Rawang, which affected the safety of schools, the community and the cement manufacturer's quarry workers in Rawang.