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CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Mounts of earth and fallen trees were spotted along some sections of Jalan 5/60 in Bukit Gasing. Pix: NST
Friday, 30 November 2012 12:20
PETALING JAYA: Three pockets of landslips along Jalan 5/60 in Bukit Gasing, here, were spotted by residents during the wee hours of the morning yesterday.
A check by the New Straits Times Streets revealed soil movements on the hill slopes of the privately owned vacant bungalow lots. The road leading towards Fraser Towers is one of the main access roads used by the residents there.
Resident Daniel Pang, 50, said many residents lived in fear due to the recurring landslips here.
“Just three weeks ago two large trees uprooted and blocked the road. Fraser Tower residents could not drive out.”
“We feel that there are parts of Bukit Gasing which are unstable. The authorities must make sure the maintenance of the hill slopes are done regularly.”
Similar erosion was also noticed near an abandoned bungalow plot in Jalan 5/64. Due to the earth movement, some trees had fallen and obstructed the road.
“It could pose a danger, especially after dark, if it was left uncleared,” said a resident who wished not to be named.
The resident claimed that the bungalow project was abandoned 10 years ago.
“We are tired of filing complaints to the authorities. Upcoming bungalow projects need to be monitored, the area cordoned off and the slope strengthened.”
Maxwell Towers resident Gary Yeoh, 58, wants Petaling Jaya City Council to inspect the safety of the hills on the Petaling Jaya side.
“I want to know what course of action Petaling Jaya City Council will undertake. There is a recurrence of soil erosions here,” said Yeoh.
Petaling Jaya councillor Derek Fernandez said the persistent slope failures at Bukit Gasing are consistent with the observations and fears of the residents from the neighbourhood.
“I will be moving a motion at the council for a much stricter process for hillside development.
“This includes the need for a mandatory independent audit by the geo-technical engineers to gather information, supervise and oversee the construction phases.
“As well as mandatory use of specialist contractors with proven hillside construction experience,” he said.
When contacted, a city council officer said it will clear the uprooted trees on the roads there.
– Sheila Sri Priya / New Straits Times
From the various press reports, one might believe that safety of the residents adjacent to steep hill slope developments are of concern to the authorities of Kuala Lumpur. They should sleep easy when we have monsoon rains as like now.
Let’s review what the residents next to steep hill slope developments have observed just this year.
In March of this year, a landslip was recorded in this blog. For DBKL, there was no landslip, merely repairs to earthworks.
Also during March, landslides and floods were recorded. Was there urgency to enforce safety regulations and alleviate the frustrations of KL residents by the Minister of FT and Urban Wellbeing?
What this blog did not record out of frustration was a further landslip in May this year in the same area as the landslip in March. Yet, all the Mayor of KL could say now is that if there is a breach of safety regulations, a stop order will be issued.
This blog recorded the landslip that occurred over last weekend. The photos are here to be seen. Is it possible that residents were having delusions of landslips when the developer was merely being diligent in covering the steep hill slopes that they cut to deter rain from seeping into the soil? Why only after the events captured here on this blog? Yes, one does need to put thinking cap on here.
Are plastic sheeting now a DBKL approved method as a safety regulation? One might think it is as the Mayor claims no safety regulation has been breached.
Frankly, we don’t feel we want a Medan Damansara incident to have the authorities review and provide reassurance of their care for our well being.
If the Mayor of KL is sincere, please advise us what the safety regulations are and what the “IKRAM” (or the DBKL daily monitoring) standards are to make the development safe. This could all be done transparently in a public hearing.
Highland Towers collapsed because of steep hill slope development next to it. It did not fall because of the towers themselves were unsafe.
We are not the only residents near steep hill slopes fearing for their safety. Do read the Star article of 24th October 2012 . The fears of Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar residents are just as real.
Let’s not forget the plight of the resident in Section 10 of Wangsa Majo either.
Please Mr. Mayor, we can’t all be deluded.. or can we?
PS: Do click the highlighted links to read articles related to this blogpost.
JAC for Bukit Gasing.
Wednesday November 7, 2012
By FAZLEENA AZIZ
Muddy times: Residents are concerned over potential landslips at the Sanctuary Ridge project during the rainy season.
THE Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is ready to issue stop-work order to developers who fail to comply with safety regulations, said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.
He said with the monsoon season hitting the city, developers should be more cautious when carrying out earth works especially at hillslope areas.
Phesal was speaking to reporters after visiting the Sanctuary Ridge project site by Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur after residents had expressed their fear of landslip during the rainy season.
“DBKL is closely monitoring the development and the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing minister is also serious about ensuring safety at the sites.
There is another development nearby which is also contributing the dust and congestion with heavy vehicles passing in and out of the site.
“The developer is taking precautionary measure by placing the tarpaulin sheets.
“We also have a case with the MRT developer near Bank Negara with soil dumping, which we have stopped.
“The land belongs to the government but they did not obtain permission from DBKL for soil dumping,” he said.
Phesal added that there should be constant communication between the developer, contractor and residents to address issues.
Resident T. Sivakumaran, 48, who lives nearby the development complained about the dust coming into his home.
He said although the developer and contractor had discussed the matter, nothing was done.
“It has been a year now. I hope they can do something to sort out the dust problem by putting a screen,” he said.
Meanwhile Gasing Meridien director Kenneth Tan cleared the air about landslip. He said they were clearing part of the hill for the development.
Tan added that the clearing will be done in stages and contractors were required to submit reports for every 50m of works carried out at the site.
“Water containment is built together during the soil work at the slope in multiple stages. To ensure there is proper water flow, we have designed a channel with a silt trap at the south east corner.
“We want to esure the safety of the neighbourhood and we will take the necessary precautions,” he said.
Tan added they are ready to stop work at anytime if the development fails to comply with the safety standards set by authorities.
KUALA LUMPUR: The housing project at Bukit Gasing did not violate safety requirements imposed by KL City Hall, said KL Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.
He said Sanctuary Ridge Kuala Lumpur City developer Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd had abided by conditions stipulated for the hillslope project by cutting the slopes in stages and building proper drainage systems for the current rainy season.
“Officers and technicians are at the side every day to inspect the construction and ensure the process is carried out smoothly as it is a highly sensitive area,” he told reporters after visiting the site yesterday.
Ahmad was responding to concerns raised by the Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee on Monday that landslips may occur.
Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee member Gary Yeoh had said the residents feared that the cutting of the steep hill was not safe, and may have dangerous consequences on the neighbourhood.
He also called on City Hall to hold a public hearing for the residents and assure them that the development is safe.
Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd managing director Kenneth Tan, meanwhile, explained that the plastic sheets that residents see during the construction were put up to deter rainwater from seeping into the soil and flow out during the rain.
“When we build the slopes, we also install berms and berm drains to allow water from the surface to flow to the silt trap that we set up at the southeast corner of the construction site,” he said.
KUALA LUMPUR CITY HALL (DBKL) will stop the project to build 69 bungalow units on the slope of Bukit Gasing near Kampung Pantai Dalam here, if the developer fails to follow procedures issued by the Malaysian Institute of Public Works (IKRAM).
Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said City Hall would monitor the development and so far there were several complaints from the residents claiming that there had been landslides and air pollution due to the earth works being carried out.
“There will be problems if we ask them to postpone the project. What we want now is for them to carry out their work more seriously,” he told reporters during a visit to the project site, here yesterday.
He was commenting on news report yesterday where the residents there claimed there was a landslide on the slope yesterday morning due to the heavy rain currently.
They also claimed that if the project by Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd were to be continued, a landslide like the one in Bukit Antarabangsa in 2008 could be repeated. — Bernama
Tarikh: November 6, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR – Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) akan menghentikan projek atau kerja pembinaan 69 unit banglo di lereng Bukit Gasing dekat Kampung Pantai Dalam di sini, jika pemaju gagal mematuhi prosedur yang dikeluarkan Institut Kerja Raya Malaysia (IKRAM).
Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib berkata pihaknya memantau perkara itu kerana setakat ini, terdapat beberapa aduan daripada penduduk yang mendakwa terdapat runtuhan tanah berlaku di kawasan tersebut selain pencemaran udara akibat kerja mengangkut tanah.
“Akan berlaku masalah kalau minta mereka menangguhkan projek ini. Apa yang kita nak sekarang ialah minta mereka lakukan kerja ini lebih serius, dalam masa yang sama, kita pantau setiap kerja mereka di lereng bukit itu,” katanya kepada pemberita semasa melawat tapak projek itu hari ini.
Beliau mengulas laporan akhbar semalam di mana penduduk mendakwa berlaku runtuhan tanah di lereng bukit awal pagi kelmarin ekoran hujan lebat.
Mereka juga mendakwa jika projek oleh Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd itu diteruskan, tragedi tanah runtuh seperti yang berlaku di Bukit Antarabangsa pada 2008 bakal berulang.
Ahmad Phesal berkata bagi menyelesaikan isu itu, pemaju dan penduduk perlu bekerjasama dan berhubung rapat bagi mengelak sebarang spekulasi berkaitan projek pembinaan tersebut.
“Kami (DBKL) pun tak akan berharap dengan pemaju sahaja dalam menentukan mereka ikut prosedur pembinaan ini, tapi kita juga harap respon pihak awam, kalau ada tak puas hati, datang pada kita.
“Bila ada bukti kukuh yang menyatakan projek ini boleh menjejaskan penduduk, kita tak akan teragak-agak menghentikannya,” katanya.
Sementara itu, pengarah projek Ken Tan berkata kawasan lereng bukit Gasing di tempat projek tersebut diratakan untuk menanam semula rumput bagi tujuan pemuliharaan lereng melalui kaedah ‘grass-seeding’.
Beliau berkata mungkin penduduk melihat ada penurunan tanah di kawasan lereng itu dan menganggap wujudnya pergerakan tanah tetapi ia hanyalah sebahagian proses tanam semula rumput oleh pemaju.- Bernama
November 5, 2012 – With the recent week of heavy rain, we were informed on Sunday evening that landslips have occurred again in the same area of Bukit Gasing that was recorded here in March of this year. In March, DBKL had claimed to the press that there was no real landslips and what we saw then was the developer making repairs on the earthworks.
As can be seen from the photos, diggers are hard at work clearing access road into Bukit Gasing. Re-sculpturing of the hill had to stop whilst dozens of lorries line up along the road awaiting to clear away fallen earth from the steep hill slopes.
As the diggers and lorries frantically work away to re-open the roads for more re-sculpturing of Bukit Gasing, residents can only pray that the accelerated re-sculpturing of the hill will not bring disaster and deaths into their neighbourhood. The developer seem to have been working 7 days a week since the Federal court ruled against the residents of Bukit Gasing.
Meanwhile, are we to believe that the frantic and massive re-sculpturing is not earthworks by trail and error? Is DBKL taking note of the massive earthworks and potential inadequacies of works being carried out? Will it again be a case of “Acts of God” should deaths occur from such “carefully done earthworks” whilst a subsequent committee of inquiry discovers that no one can and should be held liable?
JAC for Bukit Gasing
Last updated on 6 November 2012 – 09:01am
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 5, 2012): Residents around Bukit Gasing, where a development project is currently ongoing, are living in fear of potential landslips occurring during the rainy season.
Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee member Gary Yeoh called on Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to hold a public hearing for the residents and assure them that the Sanctuary Ridge Kuala Lumpur City is a safe project.
He said the residents’ fears are justified as attempts by developer Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd to sculpture the steep hill to suit the construction of houses brought dire consequences to the neighbourhood.
“Almost 50% of the hill has slopes with a gradient of more than 25 degrees, making it impossible for development.
“If the developer continues to commence earthworks, it is equivalent to inviting disaster to the site,” he told theSun today after visiting the site upon receiving complaints from residents.
He said he had been informed that massive diggers were surrounding the housing area due to an alleged landslip that happened yesterday morning.
“The diggers were trying to clear the landslip and had the earth transported on lorries,” he claimed.
The residents have opposed the project over fears that it will result in a predicament similar to the Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy in 2008.
However, the Federal Court had on Oct 3 dismissed a leave application by residents to appeal against the Kuala Lumpur mayor and developer to stop the development order for the 15.52ha site in Bukit Gasing to build 69 bungalow lots. In response, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib told theSun he is not aware of the alleged landslip.
There are plans by DBKL to organise a site visit soon.
“We have been receiving complaints from residents. So, we will check to see if the developer follows requirements while conducting earthworks,” he said.
Asked if the earthworks will be stopped due to the landslip, he said he will have to discuss it with the developer.
He added that a team of DBKL officers will be sent there to check on the situation.