Monday, 31 December 2012

Muhyiddin: PWD will monitor and review all hillslope works

The Public Works Department has formed a special task force to monitor hillslope developments nationwide to ensure the safety of residents in such areas, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the task force was needed especially after the shotcrete wall collapse in Bukit Setiawangsa.

“The task force will monitor and review all hillslope developments nationwide to prevent such a disaster from recurring.

“The landslide at Bukit Setiawangsa was unexpected but the department and other relevant authorities must stay vigilant,” he said after visiting the affected area here yesterday.

He said the department monitored hillslope developments but a task force would ensure that this was carried out more extensively.

“We have to learn from this tragedy that hillslope developments must not be taken for granted. The respective local councils have also implemented strict guidelines on hillslope developments and housing developers must adhere to them,” he said.

Muhyiddin said he was satisfied with the preliminary measures implemented by City Hall and the other relevant authorities in evacuating the residents of Bukit Setiawangsa.

He said the developer, I&P Group Sdn Bhd, would also provide the necessary assistance for the affected residents.

“I also hope that the 24-hour monitoring of the situation here by the Public Works Institute of Malaysia (Ikram) and City Hall will continue,” he said.

City Hall will prepare a hazard map that highlights dangerous hillslope developments in the city, with the assistance of Ikram and the department.

Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said the map would focus on crucial areas where soil erosion occurs.

The map is expected to take six months to complete.

“I have asked Ikram and PWD to focus on identifying hillslope areas which require immediate attention.” He said Cheras would be the focus point due to the large number of hillslope developments.

Ahmad Phesal said the two houses in the danger zone, belonging to Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis and Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, would not need to be torn down as PWD said the soil movement had stabilised and the two houses were still safe.

The department's director-general, Datuk Seri Mohd Noor Yaacob, said the monitoring of retaining walls, especially those using the shotcrete method, and consistent maintenance were crucial to avoid any untoward incidents.

He said that although shotcrete-type walls were considered “obsolete” under current specifications, consistent maintenance and monitoring could avert a catastrophe.

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