Study identifies 220 dangerous slopes in Klang Valley

TAMPIN (Negri Sembilan): The findings of a study on dangerous hill sites including landslide prone areas in the Klang Valley, have been submitted to the local authorities responsible for further action.

Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said local authorities can now identify and carry out remedial works in the areas identified to ensure public safety.

He said the areas involved were those under the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council, Kuala Lumpur City Hall, the Selayang Municipal Council and the Kajang Municipal Council.

"The study involved identifying dangerous slopes covering 100 square kilometres of land from Cheras to Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur," he told reporters after handing school uniforms and souvenirs to students who obtained
excellent Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results, here on Dec 19, 2009.

The purpose of the study was to map dangerous slopes and allow the government to carefully plan development in the future, he said.

He said the study, which began on Sept 25, 2007 and ended on Sept 24, 2008, cost some RM5.5 million. It identified 583 dangerous slopes and landslide prone areas around the Klang Valley.

"Of this number, between 215 and 220 of the slopes need serious attention," he said. However, Shaziman informed that the study was not in-depth. "It can be used for mapping purposes as well as for early reference and
screening but it does not include details such as the slope's stability which covers land investigations, geological studies and related aspects," he said.--Bernama
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