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DBKL to make ESCP compulsory. This was in the wake of the incident involving the controversial Damansara 21 development project in Medan Damansara. The developer concerned had failed to produce a detailed ESCP before starting work in 2007.


DBKL has all the experts unlike other local councils and so does not require DID’s expertise. However the DBKL experts who did the KL Structure Plan 2020, did not know about the irrelevance of DID’s experts, and therefore DBKL shall henceforth make the “Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (ESCP) a compulsory requirement in the development orders for future projects in the city.” But we still do not know if this means it will be reviewed by DID’s experts or DBKL’s experts, or if DBKL’s experts will pass it on to DID’s experts as the developer of Medan Damansara is proposing to do … trying times, as both the developer and DBKL have been caught with their pants down.
And about the 35 degree slopes, “the Mineral and Geosciences Department (JMG) had no objections” … but .. but d.. but … do we know if DBKL has the experts and therefore JMG’s experts may have thought, they like DIDs experts need not object …
Reminiscent of ” here we go round the mulberry bush… “

Ashok Menon JAC Bukit Gasing


DBKL sets new ruling 

By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ, theStar MetroCentral, Thursday June 26, 2008

THE Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is going to make the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (ESCP) a compulsory requirement in the development orders for future projects in the city.

The decision was made following the controversial Damansara 21 development project in Medan Damansara where the developer failed to produce a detailed ESCP to the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) before starting work in December 2007.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan said previously all earthwork approval did not require an approved ESCP from the DID under the DBKL system.

“However, the recommendations of the ESCP were included as a pre-requisite for the approval of earthworks for the Damansara 21 project,” said Hakim at the meet-the-press session yesterday.

Among the requirements were the need for silt management system and the management of all temporary gutters, silt traps, ‘wash trough’ and heavy-duty interlocking pavers.

Temporary silt traps should also be constructed stage by stage to prevent silt water from overflowing to the existing nearby lots and drains.

The developer is also required to cover all exposed slopes with grass to prevent land erosion.

“Currently the developer has submitted the ESCP report to the DBKL to be forwarded to the DID for approval,” said Hakim, adding that the DBKL’s organisational structure was different from other local authorities as all technical departments were equipped with experts in their related fields.

“At other local councils, the departments would need the DID’s assistance to obtain development approvals but not in the DBKL,” he explained.

In reply to media reports on development on slopes which are 35 degrees and above, the mayor said the Mineral and Geosciences Department (JMG) had no objections towards the Damansara 21 project.

Hakim added with proper earthwork done by the developer who has invested RM34mil on reinforcement works, the slope was stable and safe for housing.

“The slope is much safer now with the development than it was before because of good engineering works,” he said.

To monitor the works at the site, the DBKL has elected two independent consultants, Gue & Partners to check on the structural design and Asbi & Associates to monitor the project development and to send monthly reports to the DBKL especially on the geo-technical aspects.

Another decision made at the meeting was for residents associations to appoint a consultant to liaise with developers and the DBKL.

Nuradzimmah Daim, NST Streets, Wednesday, 25 June 2008



Datuk Seri Shukur Abdullah: Residents will file a civil suit if they do not receive a satisfactory response from the mayor.

KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of Medan Damansara are threatening to take City Hall to court if the controversial Damansara 21 project is not cancelled.

The residents’ association, through its chairman Datuk Seri Shukor Abdullah, described legal action as a last resort, but will file a civil suit if they do not receive a satisfactory response from Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ab Hakim Borhan.

“We are seeking an explanation from the mayor of the letter we obtained from the Drainage and Irrigation Department saying it has yet to endorse the Erosion Sediment and Control Plan handed in by developer SDB Damansara Sdn Bhd.

“We also found out from the Selangor Mineral and Geoscience Department that SDB had done clearance on the hill, which has a slope of more than 35 degrees,” he said.

“The idea is to stop the development altogether. We will also write a letter to the Prime Minister’s office about our predicament,” he said after a meeting with about 100 residents on Sunday.

Among those present were Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong. Environmental activist and lawyer Derek Fernandez from Bukit Gasing also lent his support.

He said the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 states in its environment section that City Hall shall not permit development on slopes exceeding the allowable level set by the federal government.

“A directive by the cabinet in 2002 stated there must not be any development on slopes of more than 35 degrees.

“For development on slopes of 25 to 35 degrees, the plan must include a risk erosion map, slope stabilisation measures and geotechnical report,” he said.

It was reported City Hall will give the green light for the project if the developer meets the conditions for rectification work set on April 21.

SDB was slapped with a stop-work order and fined RM100,000 for not putting up a perimeter drainage system, siltation traps and hoarding; and creating an access road on Jalan Kasah when the plan stated it should go through Jalan Beringin.

SDB had also not maintained the blue plastic covers for the slope.

Last week SDB Properties Sdn Bhd project development general manager Choy Wing Sung said the company has asked City Hall to lift the ban as rectification work had been done and requirements met.

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Damansara 21 hillslope project:‘Are you listening, City Hall?’

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