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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

 

 

 

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By EDWARD R. HENRY
edward@thestar.com.my

Monday February 25, 2013

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PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has obtained a magistrate court order to demolish Sivan Temple in Bukit Gasing after a council report recommended it to be torn down as it posed an imminent danger to people’s lives and properties in the surrounding area.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said the temple building was in danger of collapsing as further rains could weaken the soil strength.

A slope failure could trigger a major landslide that would see earth coming down on Jalan 5/60, close to Fraser Towers apartments.

“Landslides had occurred of late. Now, Sivan Temple is in imminent danger of collapse.

“MBPJ has to take immediate steps to eliminate the danger,” she said.

The mayor stressed that the court order was requested “in the best interests of the people, to protect the lives of devotees, people living at Fraser Towers and the students of SMK Taman Petaling that is located below the apartments.

“The council’s legal department has served the court order to the chairman of the interim temple committee, T. Maharathan, and solicitors of Datin Seri Indrani Samy Vellu.

“Both parties have been informed about the demolition exercise.

“We respect the religious sensitivity and have given full responsibility to the temple committee to handle the demolition exercise.

“But before it is done, MBPJ’s Buildings Department must be briefed on the methods of demolition to ensure no untoward incidents,” she said.

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She added that the seriousness of the Sivan Temple issue was brought up at the Selangor Economic Action Council and at the state exco meeting on Feb 13.

The MBPJ engineering department had taken into account Maharathan’s proposal to demolish the temple based on safety concerns and had agreed to it.

Alinah said the council would assist and was willing to offer advice if required.

“We assure the committee and devotees that the land on Bukit Gasing remains for the Hindu temple.

“For the new temple, building plans must be submitted and our officers will facilitate the process,” she said.

On Feb 1, StarMetro highlighted that the concrete roof of the Sivan Temple had tilted and more cracks were visible.

Sculptures of huge deities, a cow and the ornate tower on the roof of the two-level building had tilted and Maharathan had said he was worried the temple would collapse in view of the rainy spell.

After several landslips along Jalan 5/60, Alinah visited the area early this month and instituted immediate measures such as earthworks to strengthen the slopes in two areas where tarpaulin sheets were used to cover the bare terrain.

U-shaped box drains had also been constructed, costing about RM1mil.

Alinah said the council’s engineering department had suggested nail soiling as a long-term measure, along with building a network of slope drains that would cost MBPJ RM3.2mil.

Numerous signboards have been put up along Jalan 5/60, numbering the parcels of land, the land size and telephone  contact number. There appears to be at least 91 parcels up for sale.
 
These parcels have been neatly subdivided on PJ side of Bukit Gasing. The land is very steep – over 45% slope. There were several landslides on this hillslope over the  past few years.

Jalan 5/60 is the only way in and out for Fraser Towers Condominium which is located at the end of this road.

There will be little or nothing left of Bukit Gasing as a green lung and forest reserve if this development is allowed by MBPJ & the Selangor State Government….Save Bukit Gasing!

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The Sun   by Llew-Ann Phang 

 

 THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is conducting stabilisation and erosion control works on Bukit Gasing’s Sivan Temple site, with work going at a frantic pace due to the wet weather.Councillor Derek Fernandez said there is another 30% more to go on the hill covering Sections 6, 7 and 8.

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Erosion works and stabilisation to the Siva temple foundation

At a progress meeting on Nov 4, the Public Works Institute (Ikram) certified that more than half of the foundation repairs had been done on the said sections.

“At Sections 1, 2 and 3 Caisson and hand-dug piles are being carried out. Only 10% has been done so far,” said Fernandez.

He added that works on the hill also covers Sections 6, 7 and 8. Caisson and hand-dug piles involve personnel digging an eight-foot deep space before they place reinforcement tube into the ground and then filling it with concrete.

Fernandez said rectification works had been delayed for a while and there was hardly any progress until an ultimatum was issued at a previous meeting between the council and the temple authorities.

“The state government has been willing to alienate the land for the temple and the residents were in support of this but only on condition that procedures were properly followed,” he said.

In August, Fernandez said the temple was asked to fund Ikram’s investigations into Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the slope.

“The necessary funds (from the temple) were pulled in so Ikram could extend its investigations into land stability and stabilisation methods in Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the development,” he said.

Ikram’s recommendations and instructions for soil rectification works are being carried out.

Fernandez said the stop-work order, issued in October 2008, still stands but slope repair and stabilisation works are allowed.

Earlier this year, Ikram found that the Sivan Temple development was a risk to public safety. Repair works started in August.

The 40-year-old temple was first thrown into the limelight after a landslide in March 2007.

The site where renovation works were being carried out was being transformed into a larger temple complex compared to the shrine and moderate temple that it was.

What was originally planned to be a temple occupying a space of 1,400 sq m turned into a 5,700 sq m space for the three-storey complex made to accommodate 8,000 people, amid the building’s other attractions.

MBPJ issued a stop-work on March 22, 2007, directing the demolition of the extended part of the construction but the order was ignored.

On Oct 18 last year, MBPJ issued yet another stop-work order on the renovation and extension work after councillors Fernandez and A. Thiruvenggadam voiced their concern about public safety and the development. Questions on the land ownership arose and it was revealed that the land belongs to the state government.

Subsequently, MBPJ and the state government – particularly Health, Estate Workers, Poverty and Caring Government exco Dr A. Xavier Jeyakumar, who is also part of the state’s three-man committee for non-Muslim religious affairs – have been working together closely to resolve the issue.

Updated: 09:24AM Mon, 16 Nov 2009

http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=40233

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