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Published: Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 9:39:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 2, 2014 MYT 10:20:12 PM

Road repairs to patch sinkhole to take two weeks

KUALA LUMPUR: The area where the sinkholes appeared at the intersection of Jalan Imbi- Jalan Pudu 
will be closed for two weeks to enable repairs to be carried out.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) project implementation and maintenance deputy director-general, Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd told reporters at the scene of the incident that the repair work was being carried out.

In the 9.30am incident on Wednesday, a section of the 35m tunnel under construction to build a four-lane underpass collapsed, causing a five metre deep sinkhole.

Azizan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations), said there were two soil movements detected in the area at 9.30am and 12.20pm.

"We fear there may be more cave-ins along the tunnel," he said.

Azizan said a Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) pipe broke during the cave-in, and Syabas has been requested to seal the pipe to avoid worsening the situation.

"As a temporary safety measure, the contractor is now pumping water out from the site before piling work can be carried out to strengthen the area," he said.

Azizan said the Department was still waiting for investigation by Syarikat Prasarana Negara, the KL Monorail operator, to ensure the monorail pillars at the location were not affected. - Bernama

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Tags / Keywords: Sinkhole, Jalan Imbi, Pudu, Road closure

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