Original Research Article
Year: 2015 | Month: May | Volume: 2 | Issue: 5 | Pages: 256-268
A Thematic Analysis On The Roles And Functions Of Smart Tunnel In Flood Disaster And Traffic Flow Management In Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Nuhu Isah, Maimunah Binti Ali
Faculty of Technology Management and Business,
University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Parit Rajah, Batu Pahat, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia.
Corresponding Author: Nuhu Isah
Managing environmental disaster requires the use of technology into how technology is used to minimize the casualties and loss incurred when disaster strikes. This research is based on the roles SMART tunnel plays as the tool in flood prone areas. SMART is an acronym for “Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel”. This project is located in Kuala Lumpur the capital metropolitan city of Malaysia. The SMART Tunnel project was initiated by the Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad under the Malaysian Development Plan. The project was undertaken as a joint venture projects between the government and the private sector corporation. This study therefore, makes an effort to investigate the roles SMART Tunnel plays in the city center of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Nevertheless, the study adopted a qualitative approach, ten respondent were targeted which form the sample size to answer two of the research objectives. Similarly, interviews was undertaking with the ten people eight of which are from Drainage and Irrigation Department while two are from the Malaysian Highway Authority. However, thematic network analysis and narration, photographs and observations were used for data analysis. The study has discovered that SMART Tunnel plays a very vital role in Flood disaster management and traffic congestion management. The research contribute in providing valuable frontier and offer means to improve the demand of another SMART Tunnel or ponds to accommodate flood water in the other area where SMART does not covered. It also updates people about the roles of SMART Tunnel in the city center of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Key words: Disaster, Management, SMART Tunnel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.