MPS orders developer to promptly solve land slip problem

KUALA LUMPUR: The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) has ordered the developer of the housing project near the land slip in Jalan JU5/5, Taman Jasa, Batu Caves to take immediate steps to prevent a recurrence of the incident.

Its deputy president Juhari Ahmad said the order was issued after a discussion with the developer on the evening of Nov 10.

"We had also instructed the developer to build a water channel to prevent soil erosion there whenever it rains, and to provide a report on their housing project which has been linked to the land slip," he told Bernama here.

"At the moment, the developer has taken action to clean up the affected residents' house compounds which have been covered with mud. The drains are also being cleared of mud."

He said the developer was required to send the report on the land slip incident by the end of next week the latest, so that further investigation could be carried out to identify the actual causes.

Last Saturday, the compounds of four of 14 houses in the area were covered with 20cm of mud when a land slip occurred at the slope nearby.

Juhari said the heavy downpour had caused the protective bund to collapse, which resulted in the gush of water downhill, and the developer was now repairing the bund.

He said MPS would be monitoring the area until safety there was assured, while the developer had also formed a management team to monitor the situation round the clock.

On the land slip that occurred at a hill slope at Km12 Rawang-Selayang Road in Bukit Kanching on Nov 3, Juhari said the Public Works Department was carrying out repair works to the slope and investigating the cause of the incident.

"The PWD is monitoring the area round the clock and will prepare a report to be referred to the Public Works Institute of Malaysia to determine whether the road could be completely reopened to traffic.

A check by Bernama found the Rawang-Selayang Road's four lanes had been reduced to two to facilitate the repair works. -- Bernama

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