Published: Tuesday January 15, 2013 MYT 9:15:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 15, 2013 MYT 10:01:07 PM
Hazard and risk map to pinpoint dangerous slopes in KL
By WONG PEK MEI
KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has appointed the Public Works Institute of Malaysia (Ikram) to create a Hazard and Risk Map to pinpoint slopes that are dangerous in Kuala Lumpur as a precautionary measure.
Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said from this map, this will enable them to identify slopes that needs maintenance work.
"We will also consider to implement a method applied in Hong Kong where serial numbers will be given to each slope to ease the maintenance work and monitoring in future," he said after meeting with Bukit Setiawangsa residents who were affected by the land slide on Dec 28.
He added they will discuss the suggestion with the Minerals and Geoscience Department.
Ikram chief operating officer Mohd Taufik Harun said from the map, they will be able to prioritise which slopes need immediate attention and action before any untoward incidents.
"The map is expected to be completed in one and a half years time from this January," he said.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Phesal said the developer of the affected houses at Bukit Setiawangsa, I&P Group Sdn Bhd, has been instructed to come up with a new design for the affected slope by end of next month for the long term solution to the slope.
"We will also give a schedule for I&P to follow in conducting works on the slope to ensure it will not be dragged on.
"This will also allow the 58 families and shopkeepers who were evacuated can return to their homes and premise," he said, adding the short-term remedial works to the slope is expected to be completed by Jan 31.
He added the new design will determine how many houses on the hill will need to be demolished.
Ahmad Phesal said from the meeting between DBKL, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin had meeting with Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, it has been decided that I&P will be held responsible for compensation to the affected residents and shopkeepers.
When asked on the amount of compensation, he said they would have to look into the matter first to determine the amount.
On Dec 28, residents of Bukit Setiawangsa were shocked when the land erosion causes most parts of a 43m concrete embankment in the area to collapse.
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