RM6m for land­slide re­pair

> Se­lan­gor MB: RM5m for Seren­dah, the rest for Rawang

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY LEE CHOON FAI

SHAH ALAM: The Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated RM5 mil­lion for repa­ra­tion works at a land­slide in Seren­dah, and an ad­di­tional RM1 mil­lion for works at another land­slide in Rawang.

Se­lan­gor Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali said rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties will re­quire a huge amount of funds to re­pair the slopes which gave way af­ter fre­quent rain.

“The fo­cus is to en­sure all works that need to be done are im­ple­mented as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Mo­hamed Azmin said the RM5 mil­lion will be used to re­pair the slope, the road which caved in, and other roads sur­round­ing the area in Ta­man Idaman.

The land­slide there, which oc­curred at 1am on Nov 26, dis­placed about 340 peo­ple who had to evac­u­ate the area which is still deemed un­safe due to con­tin­u­ing un­der­ground wa­ter flow.

On the land­slide in Rawang, Mo­hamed Azmin said the Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment was told to im­me­di­ately put up sheet pil­ings, cost­ing at least RM800,000, to limit the dam­age. He had also in­structed the dis­trict land of­fice to start look­ing for premises that could be rented for the six af­fected fam­i­lies in Rawang and the cost will be borne by the state gov­ern­ment.

Mo­hamed Azmin also stressed on the need for sus­tain­able prac­tices to pre­vent fu­ture land­slides.

“The rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties must look into is­sues such as soil struc­ture and un­der­ground wa­ter flow to see if they would pose a dan­ger be­fore any de­vel­op­ment takes place.

“If we fol­low all prin­ci­ples, SOPs (stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures), and guide­lines, I’m sure we can avoid such un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dents,” he said.

Mo­hamed Azmin was of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Sem­i­nar in con­junc­tion with World Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Day at the Se­tia City Con­ven­tion Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Mo­hamed Azmin (sec­ond from left) in­spects the site where the land­slide oc­curred in Ta­man Idaman, Seren­dah yes­ter­day.

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