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.