Penang task force to prevent landslides
> Regular spot checks at construction sites from next year
GEORGE TOWN: The state government recently formed a task force with the Penang Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) as a precautionary measure to monitor and prevent future landslides in the state.
Executive councillor for the local government Chow Kon Yeow said the task force named “Ops Lumpur” will be responsible for conducting checks at construction and other potentially dangerous sites.
He said the task force will consist of officers from the state government and DID who will ensure developers comply with engineering requirements as stipulated by the authorities.
“The task force will conduct operations from time to time,” he said during his technical visit to the Air Itam state constituency early yesterday.
Chow said details on the task force will be discussed soon and visits will be carried out from next year at all construction sites in the state.
“The task force will be operational next year with regular spot checks at construction sites,” he said, adding stringent engineering requirements must be followed by developers, failing which stop work orders can be issued to errant developers.
Chow also said safety measures taken by the state administration to mitigate landslides following the Hulu Selangor incident in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday.
In the incident, hundreds of residents had to be evacuated.
Early this month, the main road connecting Teluk Bahang and Batu Feringghi were closed following a landslide caused by a downpour which also caused the road to partly collapse.
The Public Works Department had to declare the road unsafe and closed to the public.
The road was opened to the public on Nov 19.
Several landslides were also reported in Penang due to the high tide season which caused downpours across the state.
Upgrading and repair works in progress at the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah bridge.