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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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Sivan Temple landslide on Bukit Gasing: View from New Pantai Expressway / Kg.Pantai Dalam; Kuala Lumpur.

Bukit Gasing 29,May 2011

The Sivan Temple landslide is getting worse due to inaction by MBPJ. Will the temple wall collapse, bringing the whole temple structure down?  To makes matters worse, the Sivan Temple has been re-opened to devotees recently.

More photos here…

 

Hindraf lawyers declare Bukit Gasing temple ‘open

Watch YouTube Video here…

 

 

 

By Andy Ng; JAC Member

The Situation…

To put a long story short, although MBPJ has gazzetted the PJ side of Bukit Gasing as a green lung (for now), DBKL has decided to approve the KL side of Bukit Gasing for development.The development will consist of 68 bungalow lots on 38 acres on the KL side, stretching from the 23 million litre water reservoir down until nearby Gasing Indah and Pantai Dalam.

The Dangers…

This development will cause land clearing and deforestation (some clearing and tree felling has started). This development will be sitting on a ground that consist of loose sandstone and shale, soft, unstable and prone to erosion. This kind of land is a civil engineer’s nightmare. Some bungalow projects on the PJ side have been abandoned due to unstable land, erosion and soil movement. Clearing and building on this land might lead to landslides (which are already happening here and there). Moreover a 23 million litre water reservoir sits on top of Bukit Gasing, and only god knows if this reservoir is compromised, what will happen to the residents of Bukit Gasing and Pantai Dalam…

The Actions…

Residents of Bukit Gasing have filed a court case against DBKL for refusing to hold a public hearing prior to approval of the project, and refusing to reveal technical data on the project. Yet the developer is rushing to start off some work before the court hearing on the 23rd April and before the opposition excos comes into full force. Once land is fully cleared, it will be too late and development has to proceed.

How YOU Can Help Save Bukit Gasing…

We need the support of residents and the general public to stop this development before it is too late.

We need financial funding to pay our lawyers and court expenses. Our long term battle includes getting a public hearing with DBKL, getting a stop work order, then proving the site is too dangerous for any development, reversing the approval for development, and finally gazzetting the site as a permanent green lung.

We also need petition support, meaning your signatures and presence in our public petitions and activities.

We need voluntary workers to volunteer their time and effort to organize efforts to campaign our cause.

We need resources such as information and expertise that will support our cause – engineers, geologists, experts, politicians (we already got Hee Loy Sian, Edward Lee, Sivarasa and Elizabeth Wong, and Nurul, to support our cause and bring it up to higher authorities).

We also need contacts with various organizations, bodies and societies that can help support our cause.We have to save Bukit Gasing to avoid potential loss of life and to save the environment.For more information, please visit…

https://savebukitgasing.wordpress.com/

I am a volunteer for the Save Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee. I hope to be able to gather the support of my friends in whatever way to help Save Bukit Gasing. Please do contact me at 012-329 2626 or andyng555@gmail.com if you need to know more. I will be more than happy to explain further.

Even if you cannot find a reason to object to the development, I hope you can help save the environment so that many people can still enjoy their morning walks up Bukit Gasing jungle trails. And let the monkeys and other animals have a place to live. Let there be some green left.

For the lucky affluent (nothing against you guys) who are thinking of buying the property there, think again, the land may not be suitable to build on, and it might be decided that you may not be allowed to build anything there. Definitely a bad investment. And you do not want a 23 million litre water reservoir as your nearby neighbour.

Some pics…

Contacts for Save Bukit Gasing Campaign…
Gary Yeoh, 019 480 8732, garykwyeoh@hotmail.com
Andy Ng, 012 329 2626, andyng555@gmail.com

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