Residents and supporters of Save Bukit Gasing will be praying that Justice will prevail tomorrow at the Court of Appeal.

The High Court granted the developer the right for assessment of damages against applicants to Judicial Review in May 2013. The applicants are appealing against this High Court decision. The Court of Appeal decision tomorrow will have significant implications to the general public.

Judicial Review is the means for the public seeking review of our authorities actions. If other parties of Judicial Review case can then seek damages, it could severely affect the public’s ability to seek Justice.

We hope that the Court of Appeal will take into consideration a previous attempt to sue for damages after Judicial Review relating to development at Bukit Gasing back in the 90s. Click to read the judgement. Then pray with the residents.

Those of you that wish to support this hearing should be at the Court of Appeal in Palace of Justice, Presint 3, Putrajaya for about 9:30am. Check for Ramachandran Appalanaidu & 107 yang lain Vs DBKL/Gasing Meridian (R1-25-38-2008). Click “Here” for location of Palace of Justice at Putrajaya.

 

2013-10-21 08.31.16

THE Petaling Jaya City Council may have to spend RM50mil to strengthen several hillslopes in Bukit Gasing if the individual landowners fail to fulfil their responsibility.

Councillor Derek Fernandez pointed out the owners were legally responsible to ensure their land was well maintained.

“There are about 37 plots of land here.

“The state should seize the land of irresponsible owners if they fail to look after the slopes on their properties,” he said during a visit to Jalan 5/64 in Section 5, Petaling Jaya.

MBPJ has appointed contractors to strengthen two hill slopes in Jalan 5/64 and Jalan 5/66 following several landslides and soil erosion in the areas.

It is estimated that the works will cost RM4.5mil and RM8mil respectively.

The hill strengthening work in Jalan 5/64 will be completed by June next year.

For safety of residents: MBPJ has embarked on hill strengthening works in Jalan 5/64. The project should be completed within eight months.

Meanwhile, the council has banned all major development, termed Class Three and Four, in the neighbourhood to prevent further soil erosion and landslides.

A landslide on May 5 in Jalan 5/64 uprooted trees, damaged several cars and cut off access to the area.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran commended the council for the pro-active measures taken.

He said he would raise at state-level the issue of seizing the privately-owned land.

“MBPJ should not have to strengthen these hillslopes using public funds.

“However, it is necessary to ensure the safety of those living and visiting the Bukit Gasing recreational area,” he said.

The poor hillslope condition has also resulted in clogged drains.

The hill strengthening works in Jalan 5/64 uses the “soil nailing” technique over 2,300sqm of land.

http://www.starproperty.my/index.php/articles/property-news/slope-responsibility-of-bukit-gasing-landowners/

12 October 2013

ALL IS NOT WELL: A small portion of the concrete embankment placed on the road has also caved in

Workers clearing trees and bushes from the slope where a mudslide occurred in Bukit Gasing.

Pic by Rosela Ismail

PETALING JAYA: A MUDFLOW gushing down  Jalan 5/64 during heavy rain on Thursday evening has residents living around here on Bukit Gasing in jitters over what brought it on.

Residents say the mudflow was a sign that all was not well with the slope where an incomplete structure stands.

Streets was tipped off on the mudflow based on a photo sent by a resident living on the road.

A check yesterday, however, showed that the mudflow had been cleaned off the roads. However the slope on which the structure stood, looked precarious.

The structure is a massive concrete landing perched more than 6m above the road.

The landing, which was directly linked to a bungalow next to it, was held up by many pillars.

A few of the pillars had also become partially exposed.

A small portion of the concrete embankment on the road had also caved in.

The tarpaulin sheets on the slope that stretched about 100 metres were partly tattered.

During our check yesterday, we saw a number of workers clearing trees and bushes from the slope where the slide occurred.

Some were also chopping off trees which grew at odd angles on the slope.

At press time, Streets was unable to ascertain whether the workers were engaged by the council or the private contractor. The council was also unavailable for comment.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv called for the council to remedy the situation fast by working on strengthening the slope.

He however reserved further comment until the council released a statement on the technical aspects of Gasing Hill’s safety as well as measures taken to curb landslides.

Read more: Jittery over mudflow in Bukit Gasing – Central – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/jittery-over-mudflow-in-bukit-gasing-1.373551#ixzz2iX3FJDUh

Pantai Sentral Park

IJM Land - Pantai Sentral Park

IJM Land – Pantai Sentral Park

IJM Land - Pantai Sentral Park

IJM Land – Pantai Sentral Park

Another project on Bukit Gasing (on the KL side of the hill)…now renamed by DBKL as Bukit Kerinchi.

Please watch the video below…..heart wrenching!

Prevention: Tarpaulin sheets have been placed at Jalan 5/64 to cover the bare soil where landslips occurred to reduce rainwater seeping into the ground. - The Star

Prevention: Tarpaulin sheets have been placed at Jalan 5/64 to cover the bare soil where landslips occurred to reduce rainwater seeping into the ground. – The Star

 

FIFTY plots of vacant bungalow land in Bukit Gasing will be seized under the National Land Code 1965 (NLC 1965) and gazetted as a forest reserve following multiple landslips.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), following expert advice from geotechnical, civil and structural consultants, will prepare a detailed report on the vacant land that has been classified as Class 4, (slopes with a 25 and 35 degree gradient) and a possible hazard, built or left idle.

Mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said the council would propose to the Selangor Economic Action Council that the vacant plots with steep slopes be acquired under the NLC to address safety concerns due to extreme soil erosion.

“MBPJ will inform owners that their plots will be seized due to public interest. Since it has been classified as Class 4, the land cannot be occupied and no development will be allowed.

“The NLC has provisions allowing the state government to seize neglected land,” said Alinah.

The NLC, together with the Land Acquisition Act (LAA) 1960, empower the respective state governments to acquire private landed properties without having to get consent or agreement from its owners.

This is stated in Section 3 of the LAA 1960.

The move by MBPJ is a blow to market speculators and landowners who had hoped land value would increase manifold due to shortage of land in Petaling Jaya.

Safety first: Enforcement officers cordoning off part of Jalan 5/64 to ensure road users do not drive too close to the slope when it rains. - The Star

Safety first: Enforcement officers cordoning off part of Jalan 5/64 to ensure road users do not drive too close to the slope when it rains. – The Star

In April 2008, the Selangor government banned new developments involving Class 3 and Class 4.

Alinah said the landslips had occurred at 20 different sites near Bukit Gasing and said this could be due to development works in Bukit Gasing as well as downpours that triggered the landslips.

“MBPJ is left with not much option but to take drastic action. Based on the soil erosion, the plots affected are off Jalan 5/60, Jalan 5/64 and Jalan 5/66,” said Alinah.

She added that the council had engaged soil experts to ascertain erosion-prone areas which are dangerous.

“We have informed the residents of Fraser Towers not to park their cars at the foot of the slopes. Recently, a boulder rolled down and hit a parked car while in another incident, mud and vegetation rolled down the slope and hit a car being driven along Jalan 5/60.

“Inspection by geotechnical engineers, who can recognise impending slope failure, is being carried out. As an immediate short-term measure, a gabion wall is being built. This is a better option than nail piling.

“Contractors have also started to prune some of the trees on the slope, remove mud that was washed down close to the pavement as well as widen the drain along Jalan 5/60 from a V-shape to a U-shape,” she said.

Alinah added that the landslip close to Fraser Towers was due to a defective scupper drain that runs along the Sivan Temple located on the hill.

She said water in the drain backflowed and as such flooded the slope, causing it to be water logged.

“Our contractors are repairing the drain and consultants have suggested that the slopes be re-profiled to create a gentler gradient.

“However, this can only be done once the slope stabilises on its own, with no soil movement,” she said.

Alinah said development in and around Bukit Gasing or above SMK Taman Petaling would not be allowed.

 

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=%2F2013%2F5%2F18%2Fcentral%2F13127022&sec=central

 

 

 

 

Sleepless nights: Residents fear another lanslide may occur. It is believed that the landslip was caused by the development project at the top of Bukit Gasing. - The Star

Sleepless nights: Residents fear another lanslide may occur. It is believed that the landslip was caused by the development project at the top of Bukit Gasing. – The Star

RESIDENTS in Cameron Towers, Bukit Gasing are living in fear of more landslips in the area in view of the rainy season.

The landslip that occurred on May 3 had shocked the residents, with subsequent landslips along Jalan 5/60 and Jalan 5/64 last week, adding to their fear.

Mary Lim, a housewife, said every time it rained, she kept a lookout on the hill, which is opposite her condominium.

“The hill is also very close to our swimming pool. What if there is a landslide when there are people using the pool?” asked the distraught resident.

Cameron Towers Joint Management Body treasurer Jim Khong expressed concern over the recent landslips in Bukit Gasing.

“We fear that if a landslide occurs on Bukit Gasing, it will affect residents in the area as there is a water reservoir on top of the hill,” he said.

Khong said the residents want the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to work together as the hill is situated on the border of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

The building manager, Lee Lai, said they had written to MBPJ after the landslips and that an officer from the council’s infrastructure and engineering department had visited the site.

“He took photos of the landslip and said they would discuss the situation,” Lee said, adding that residents wanted immediate action to be taken to resolve the problem.

 

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/16/central/13116298&sec=

 

 

Clean-up duty: MBPJ Quick Response Team personnel cleaning up debris along one portion of Jalan 5/60 after the landslips which took place recently. - The Star

Clean-up duty: MBPJ Quick Response Team personnel cleaning up debris along one portion of Jalan 5/60 after the landslips which took place recently. – The Star

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) workers were kept busy clearing broken tree branches and debris on Jalan 5/60 and 5/64 in Bukit Gasing yesterday morning following a downpour on Tuesday night.

MBPJ personnel from the council’s Quick Response Team as well as Fire and Rescue Department personnel were on hand to help clear the roads.

The landslip is the latest to occur, after a similar incident in Jalan 5/64 on Sunday afternoon.

Nearer to Fraser Tower, contractors were seen cutting an uprooted tree which had fallen and damaged a resident’s car on Tuesday night as she was driving back to her condominium.

MBPJ Engineering Department deputy director Abdul Shukor Mohamed Noor and slope consultants engaged by the council to find ways to strengthen the slope also visited the site yesterday morning to assess the situation.

Council public relations officer Zainun Zakaria said a preliminary study on May 6 found that the slope failure area covered 1,625 sq m, and was due to soil erosion.

Among the possible causes of the slope failure was the sloping topography and constant heavy rain.

“We have put in place short-term measures, such as clearing trees and undergrowth at the affected area and near drains, as well as placing tarpaulin on the surface to prevent erosion,” said Zainun.

In search of solution: Abdul Shukor (front left) surveying the damage caused by Tuesday night’s rain with consultants hired to help design a slope-control mechanism along Jalan 5/60. - The Star

In search of solution: Abdul Shukor (front left) surveying the damage caused by Tuesday night’s rain with consultants hired to help design a slope-control mechanism along Jalan 5/60. – The Star

In addition, a contractor has been hired to build a gabion wall along Jalan 5/60, measuring two to three metres in height, to prevent mud flow.

The uprooted tree, blocking the roads was also cut up and removed.

Zainun said the council would be using the prism method to monitor soil movement.

For the long-term, however, a soil nailing system, together with a beam grid, will be used to create a berm along the slope.

Additionally, the drainage system near the slope will also be upgraded to reduce water seeping into the soil.

“The contractor for the soil nailing project also just received his letter of appointment today, and will start clearance work as soon as possible to prevent further mishaps,” said Zainun.

The contractor has been given seven months to complete the project.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/9/central/13085688&sec=

 

A landslide buried nine cars at a car park along Jalan Ampang - The Star

A landslide buried nine cars at a car park along Jalan Ampang – The Star

By M. KUMAR and YVONNE LIM

KUALA LUMPUR: A landslide buried nine cars at a car park along Jalan Ampang, near the Jalan Dang Wangi intersection.

No casualties or injuries occurred as the cars were parked.

Reports indicate that the area is still unstable as soil movement can still be seen.

Parts of Jalan Ampang near the scene have been closed to traffic.

Earlier, Twitter users were reporting a landslide in front of the Dang Wangi LRT station near Bukit Nanas in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Cars buried in the landslide - The Star

Cars buried in the landslide – The Star

Some motorists were tweeting that a number of cars had been buried by the landslide.

User ‏@Preez_bridabel tweeted; “Landslide at bukit nenas due to heavy rain, I was on my way to Dang Wangi Lrt station..please drive safe”.

Another user, ‏@Pijoel94 tweeted, “Tanah Runtuh di Hadapan Stesen LRT Dang Wangi. Banyak kereta tertimbus (Landlside in front of LRT Dang Wangi. Many cars covered)”.

 

The car was damaged by a falling tree uprooted during a landslip in Bukit Gasing. - The Star

The car was damaged by a falling tree uprooted during a landslip in Bukit Gasing. – The Star

Over in PETALING JAYA, a woman narrowly escaped with her life after a landslip in Bukit Gasing caused a tree to fall on her car while she was driving home.

Shanthi Kanthaswamy, 48, was driving along Jalan 5/60 during heavy rain on Tuesday night when the tree fell on the bonnet of her Honda Accord, badly damaging the engine.

“I was driving home at about 8.15pm when I heard rumbling sounds on my left and a tree came crashing down in front of me.

“Luckily I was driving very slowly, or else the impact could have been worse and I could have been thrown off the road.

“I am thankful to have escaped with my life,” said a visibly shaken Shanthi.

Fraser Towers joint management body chairman Mohd Kamar, said residents in the area had been complaining about landslips in the area for years.

“We have been fighting this issue for more than five years, trying to get the authorities to solve the problem but not enough has been done.

“It is endangering the lives of the residents,” he said.

Bukit Gasing’s newly-elected state assemblyman Rajiv Risyakaran said that he would help to expedite efforts to prevent further landslips from occurring in the area.

“I am told that the slopes where the landslips are happening is on privately-owned land, and I hope that the owner will take responsibility for it.

“In the meantime, I urge the Petaling Jaya City Council to speed up works,” he said, adding that he had met mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad earlier to discuss the issues in Bukit Gasing.

 

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/7/nation/20130507212543&sec=nation

 

 

Representatives of Fraser Towers, Cameron Towers, Maxwell Towers, Gasing Indah, Petaling Gardens and Section 5 PJ got together to put forward a petition for endorsement by GE13 candidates for Bukit Gasing state and Petaling Jaya Selatan parlimentary seats.

Bukit Gasing candidates endorsing petition:

Mr Mak Khuin Weng (Ind)
Mr Simon Lee (Ind)
Mr. Rajiv Riskyakaran (DAP) see rajiv4malaysia.com for more of his thoughts

Petaling Jaya Selatan candidates endorsing petition:
Mr. Hee Loy Sian (PKR)
Mr. Sheah Kok Fah (BN-MCA)

Election Candidate Support GE13 signed pledges

Please do read petition to see what the candidates have endorsed and pledged.

2013-05-03 TheStar

Bukit Gasing – 3, May 2013

The KL High Court’s decision on 2nd May 2013 to allow the developer, Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd, to seek damages from the petitioners of Bukit Gasing residents is a very sad day for concerned citizens of this country.  The residents sought a judicial review for the Mayor of DBKL to grant us a public hearing to alleviate our fears for the lives and safety of the residents in the surrounding area. For the residents efforts, the developer is asking for damages, which in the residents’ view, are unfair and unjustified as this is a public interest case.. The residents have no choice but to appeal the court’s decision.

In this age where citizens have to be concerned about the environment and the consequence of development, as a fundamental right to live in an environment which does not endanger their right to a home or worried of losing their right to a home, this decision, in a sense is, a denial of their fundamental right. Hereafter, it will deprive concerned citizens from seeking remedy in the Courts of Justice and give the developers special rights. This is against the constitution because there is no equality of rights between developers and citizens. The role of the legal system is of great public concern. The public needs to know: today is our homes, tomorrow it will be theirs.

The coming Election is of utmost importance to protect our homes and the right to live in a safe environment. We need to change the laws, and only a Government concerned for the people can.

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