Fresh concerns over safety as earth and wall give way after downpour

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013 – 11:47
Location:
PETALING JAYA
landslide at bukit gasing

SLIPPERY SLOPE: One of the many sections of Bukit Gasing along Jalan 5/60 where landslips occurred over the weekend — Pix: RAZAK GHAZALI

OVER the weekend, landslips have occurred on Bukit Gasing, on both sides of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

A section of a wall surrounding a nearby sewage treatment plant in Taman Gasing Indah also collapsed, possibly due to a silt slide which breached the hoarding alongside it.

A member of the Maxwell Towers residents association and joint action committee for Bukit Gasing, Gary Yeoh, said the landslips on the Kuala Lumpur side were clearly visible.

“A landslip can be seen from Maxwell Towers, about 10m from the border,” he said.

He said he was informed of the landslip by a neighbour after a downpour on Friday. “About 10m of the boundary wall of a sewage treatment plant outside the main gate (of the development) had also fallen,” he said.

Petaling Jaya councillor Derek Fernandez said Friday’s three landslips on the Petaling Jaya side near Fraser Towers were a serious matter as it was the second time that landslips had been reported within a month.

The previous incident had taken place last Christmas. “It is a clear indication the slope is not stable,” he said.

landslide at bukit gasing

COLLAPSED: A fallen boundary wall. Bukit Gasing residents fear that the next structure giving way could be their homes

“Further landslides could cause loss of life or property, especially for residents of Fraser Towers.”

He said he had highlighted the matter to the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council and the state government but it had been a month and no eff ective measures had been taken.

“I understand that the land is privately owned but as the government, we cannot wait for irresponsible landowners to do the needful,” he said.

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YEOH: Says landslip on Kuala Lumpur side visible from Maxwell Towers

“We have the power to enter their land and take the necessary action to stabilise the slope and improve the drainage without their consent and hold them liable for the cost and losses and threat to public safety.”

Fernandez also suggested that the state government forfeit the land of such irresponsible landowners.

He said he had warned Kuala Lumpur City Hall about the situation on their side and highlighted the matter in the Federal Court.

“So, if anyone dies (there), City Hall must take responsibility,” he said.

Attempts to contact the developer, sewage treatment plant operator, as well as City Hall were unsuccessful.

 

http://www.mmail.com.my/story/landslips-bukit-gasing-45399

 

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