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MBI urged to address soil erosion in Taman Silibin Indah

TELUK INTAN (June 2): The Ipoh City Council (MBI) has been urged to take immediate action on the complaints made by Taman Silibin Indah’s residents over soil erosion behind their houses. 

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said nevertheless the council should first look into the land’s status, whether it is privately owned or belongs to the state or MBI before taking any action.

“We have to inspect first before taking any follow-up action because there are some issues that restrict us from taking any action. However, according to the standard operating procedure, slope constructions are under the jurisdiction of local authorities.”

She said this to reporters after a site visit at Gerai Rakyat, which is undergoing upgrading works, in Pekan Langkap here today.

Yesterday, residents of the housing area claimed that 10 houses were affected after the slope behind their houses eroded and sunk in Mid-May but no follow-up action had been taken by the relevant agencies to solve the problem despite the continued erosion.

They said this was a far cry from the treatment given to the residents of Taman Kelab Ukay, Ampang, Selangor, which landslide problem was immediately solved when the relevant agencies and ministers went down to the ground.

In another development, Zuraida said the upgrading works for Gerai Rakyat which involves an allocation of RM3 million would take six months to be completed.

She said the ministry has set aside an allocation of RM1 million for the initial works to upgrade the 50-year-old stalls which formerly under the Rural Area Project.

Zuraida said a total of 40 new stalls will be upgraded with the first phase involving 15 stalls whose owners would be temporarily relocated to the nearby night market site.

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