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    Nov 25, 2009

    Developers must bear cost of flood prevention steps


    MR CHRISTOPHER de Souza, the MP overseeing Bukit Timah, was reported stating that he would be looking into getting the management of private buildings in the area to enhance measures to prevent flooding in their basement carparks ('Working on flood controls', Monday).

    I am surprised that the residents and officials accompanying Mr de Souza did not discuss what could be done to eliminate the flooding problem to existing and future developments in the area.

    Why must owners in these private buildings enhance measures? Should it not be the responsibility of the developers?

    Developments alongside the Bukit Timah Canal are susceptible to flash floods judging from historical evidence. I am baffled that professional builders and developers did not take this fundamental problem into account when they started work on the projects. If they had done their due diligence, residents would not have been so unpleasantly affected by last Thursday's deluge.

    We are told that widening of the canals has been ongoing for many years. Yet, the flooding problem has not stopped.

    Ultimately, the people responsible for flood safety are the developers and their professional consultants. It is they, and not the residents, who should bear the cost of repairs and preventive measures.

    Michael Yeo

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr funny
    http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/...ry_458689.html

    Nov 25, 2009

    Developers must bear cost of flood prevention steps


    MR CHRISTOPHER de Souza, the MP overseeing Bukit Timah, was reported stating that he would be looking into getting the management of private buildings in the area to enhance measures to prevent flooding in their basement carparks ('Working on flood controls', Monday).

    I am surprised that the residents and officials accompanying Mr de Souza did not discuss what could be done to eliminate the flooding problem to existing and future developments in the area.

    Why must owners in these private buildings enhance measures? Should it not be the responsibility of the developers?

    Developments alongside the Bukit Timah Canal are susceptible to flash floods judging from historical evidence. I am baffled that professional builders and developers did not take this fundamental problem into account when they started work on the projects. If they had done their due diligence, residents would not have been so unpleasantly affected by last Thursday's deluge.

    We are told that widening of the canals has been ongoing for many years. Yet, the flooding problem has not stopped.

    Ultimately, the people responsible for flood safety are the developers and their professional consultants. It is they, and not the residents, who should bear the cost of repairs and preventive measures.

    Michael Yeo

    its not fair to the developers either ...

    shouldnt it be the govt's responsibility that the entire region is flood-free ?

    even if developers / home owners spend more money to raise the curbs, improve drainage etc etc WITHIN their projects ..

    IF flood is not STOPPED at the source ..it can still ruin the estate ..

    SO that silly MP is pushing the responsibility of the govt to the people

    ever wonder why the flood affected only that stretch of Bkt timah ??

    i believe apart from being Low ground .. i believe alot of the water came from inland, from the huge pipe at 5th Ave ..near the cold storage .. sending huge amt of water into the canal ...

    is that developer's responsibility ? or the govt ??

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    this million dollar MP is expecting the MC to standby sandbags whenever there's a heavy downpour or future developments around Bt Timah area to built floodgates at entrance like our M barrage....Bt Timah waterfront living which they never expect.....those cars will end up in resale car mkt after repairs.

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    er ... if area is prone to flooding, developer can don't build basement carpark ma...., if have to, then can provide pumps?? or install warning system?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheerful
    er ... if area is prone to flooding, developer can don't build basement carpark ma...., if have to, then can provide pumps?? or install warning system?....

    becos all had faith in govt ..who built that canal ..which is supposed to 'cure ' the flood ...

    who would have thought that the canal failed and now it happened .. and the govt (MP) turned around and point fingers at developers ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by proud owner
    becos all had faith in govt ..who built that canal ..which is supposed to 'cure ' the flood ...

    who would have thought that the canal failed and now it happened .. and the govt (MP) turned around and point fingers at developers ???
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