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Samwoh Corporation charged over unauthorised drainage works that caused flooding at Pasir Ris junction

Samwoh Corporation charged over unauthorised drainage works that caused flooding at Pasir Ris junction

Vehicles seen in high water near Pasir Ris Drive 12. (Photo: Facebook/Dan Chong)

SINGAPORE: A construction company has been charged over unauthorised drainage works that led to flooding at a Pasir Ris traffic junction in August.

The flood made headlines after five people had to be evacuated and at least 13 vehicles were found partially submerged in water at the junction of Tampines Avenue 10 and Pasir Ris Drive 12.

On Tuesday (Nov 9), Samwoh Corporation was handed three charges for altering a drain, obstructing the flow of a storm water drainage system and constructing drain openings without the necessary approval or clearance certificate.

Police officers, as well as officers from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), rendered assistance to drivers and pedestrians in the area. (Photo: PUB)

The company is accused of altering a drain along Tampines Avenue 10, between Tampines Avenue 5 and Tampines Link, by removing an existing drain that was 1.8m wide and 4m deep. The company allegedly replaced the drain by constructing a shallower one that was only 3m deep around Aug 20 this year.

Samwoh is also accused of obstructing the flow of the storm water drainage system by erecting scaffolds to construct the new drain. 

Even after the drain was constructed, the company allegedly continued to place the scaffolds inside it.

Samwoh is also accused of constructing two drain openings to channel water from the new drain to the existing drain without approval. One of the drain openings was too small and the other was not completed, affecting the storm water drainage system along Tampines Avenue 10.

If convicted of carrying out unauthorised drainage works, Samwoh could be fined up to S$50,000. The maximum fine for altering storm water drainage systems without approval and for causing obstruction to the flow of such systems without approval is S$20,000.

Source: CNA/ll(gr)


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