Pe­nang task force to pre­vent land­slides

> Reg­u­lar spot checks at con­struc­tion sites from next year

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY IM­RAN HILMY

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.

BERNAMAPIX

Up­grad­ing and re­pair works in progress at the Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim Mu'adzam Shah bridge.

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