Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SMART tunnel is not that smart after all

SMART tunnel was built to overcome flooding......... and suddenly

The Storm Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) will be closed for public use during the inter-monsoon season if the water flow at the confluence of Ampang and Klang rivers reaches the velocity of 150 cubic meters per second.

SMART Stormwater Control Centre director Nor Hisham Mohd Ghazali said there was a possibility that the tunnel would be closed due to excessive rainfall.

"Members of the public will be informed an hour before the tunnel is closed and they are advised to look for alternative routes," he said.

The flood hotspots in the Klang Valley included Salak South, some areas in Ampang, Jalan Dang Wangi and the city centre, he said.

"People should stop throwing rubbish indiscriminately as flash floods will occur when drains are clogged.

"Residents, too, should clear up their drains at home and in their neighbourhoods," he said.