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Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 11:44:41 AM

Hazard map listing risky hillslopes to be ready by March

A HAZARD map listing out the risky and vulnerable hillslopes in Kuala Lumpur will be ready by March next year.

Public Works Institute (Ikram) COO Mohd Taufik Haron said the institute had audited 3,500 slopes in the city but it still needed time to analyse the ground data.

“Currently, the map is 70% completed. We will leave it to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib to announce the details of the map when it is ready,” he said when contacted.

Mohd Taufik said Ikram had been presenting monthly updates on the hazard map to local councils.

“The project (to come up with the map) is proceeding smoothly and in order.

“We have two phases whereby the first is to gather data.

“The second phase is to analyse it and come up with recommendations on what should be done to avoid risky development on highlands and slopes,” he said.

It was reported that Ikram was appointed by the DBKL to come up with a hazard and risk map to show which areas were at risk of landslides and needed maintenance works.

This move came in light of the shocking wall collapse in the posh Bukit Setiawangsa area on Dec 28 last year.

The incident damaged a bungalow and caused 88 residents to be moved out because of soil movement.

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin said the Federal Goverment had already approved hazard and risk maps for several areas including Gombak, Selayang, Hulu Langat and Cheras.

“We are aware of the risk of landslides, especially during the rainy season.

“The ministry, through the Public Works Department, will take steps to prevent landslide tragedies from occurring,” she said.

As for a task force formed by the Selangor Government to draw up an inventory of hillside areas in Hulu Langat following a landslide, it is still in operation.

Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong said the task force included among others, a team from Ampang Jaya Municipal Council.

“They regularly monitor and will inform owners to rectify (high-risk) slopes,” she said when contacted.

On May 21, 2011, a landslide claimed the lives of 16 people (including the caretaker) from the Madrasah Al-Taqwa orphanage near Kajang, Selangor, following heavy rain.

Wong also urged the Federal Government to declassify a report on the stability of the Hulu Klang ridge and slopes.

“The landslide report is classified under the Official Secrets Act but residents have the right to know,” she said.

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Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, landslide, hazard map, ikram


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