‘No new cracks detected’

Contractors shoring up the sinkhole at the Jalan Imbi/Jalan Pudu junction yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: No new cracks have been detected after two areas collapsed into the tunnel at the Jalan Imbi-Pudu intersection on Wednesday.

The operation is now focusing on strengthening the site around the tunnel, said Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department assistant operations director Azizan Ismail yesterday.

“This morning we started filling sand and piled metal rods around the cave-in areas to strengthen the wall,” he told reporters yesterday at the location of the incident.

He said the 5cm water pipe which burst on Wednesday had been sealed and it did not affect water supply to consumers in Kuala Lumpur.

“There was no water supply disruption as the pipe is not connected to commercial network,” he said, adding that the department also found a gas pipe belonging to Gas Malaysia Bhd under the tunnel but no leakage was detected.

He said monorail service on the Jalan Imbi route is still suspended until a study by engineers is completed.

“The engineers have placed sensors to check the strength of the monorail track affected by the cave-in. We are still waiting for their study to know whether the monorail track can be used or not,” he said.

Azizan said traffic in Jalan Imbi was under control as motorists had begun using suggested alternative routes.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall Project Implementation and Maintenance deputy director-general Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd said the tunnel area would be closed for two weeks for repair works.

No casualties were reported in the incident.

The Federal Territories ministry is investigating whether there was negligence on the part of the contractor of an underpass project where the sinkhole occurred. Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said stern action would be taken against the contractor involved if it is proven that there was negligence.

“The soil instability was caused by a burst Syabas [Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor] pipe, resulting in the cave-in,” he said after presenting the letters of appointment to members of the Federal Territories Non-Muslim Houses of Worship Committee yesterday.

Tengku Adnan said remedial work was going on, including pumping soil and cement to stabilise the affected area, besides checking the monorail track which was affected.

“We hope it will be completed in two weeks,” he said. — Bernama

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on July 4, 2014.


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