Unapproved soil probe on reserve land

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  • Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015

Unnecessary destruction: A group of cyclists looking at the felled trees near the site of the soil investigation.

ACTION will be taken against a developer for conducting illegal soil investigation that damaged and uprooted trees in Kampung Sungai Penchala Malay Reserve Land near Mont Kiara.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Urban Planning Department director Sahrom Ujang said although an application for a low-density development project had been received, no approval had been given yet.

“No one has been given a work permit to conduct any sort of work on the site, so we will serve them a compound notice,” he said, adding that the developer needed a temporary work permit to conduct such works.

The issue came to light in November after a group of mountain bikers discovered the destruction and alerted the authorities.

According to one of the mountain bikers Ceaser Ang, part of the land has been ploughed through with heavy machinery, resulting in damage to some trails.

“We are concerned that the silt washed up by the rain will block a nearby stream, Sg Batang Tolak, that ends at Jalan Kiara 3 and cause a flash floods there.

Dengue alert: A puddle of water in a hole that was dug up for the soil investigation is possibly a mosquito breeding ground.
Dengue alert: A puddle of water in a hole that was dug up for the soil investigation is possibly a mosquito breeding ground.

“We notice that work at the site has clogged up the stream and may cause further deterioration downstream.

“The mud and silt may also pollute Sungai Penchala.

“The developer must ensure that it rectifies the situation as the site can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” he said.

A site visit last month showed that a path had been and trees chopped down to bring in machinery used for the soil testing.

The site was muddy and stagnant water had collected due to rain.

Contract workers were also seen in the area and said they had permission to do the work.

A spokesman of the developer said they were not flouting any rules as the soil investigation was done on their land and they had received permission from the neighbouring land owners.

“As part of the standard technical requirements by the Public Works Institute of Malaysia (Ikram) and Minerals and Geoscience Department Malaysia, the developer is required to carry out soil investigation works on the proposed site.

“The soil samples obtained are sent for analysis by a geotechnical engineer who will subsequently submit a report to these institutions.

“We do not need any documents for soil investigation because there were no bulk earthwork activities but only some site clearing to facilitate movement of boring frames and machinery to the designed borehole locations.

“We submitted the development order application on Dec 3. Soil investigation work started on Dec 15 and ended by the end of the month. We also informed the police about it on Dec 14,” she said.

The spokesman added 115 residential units would be built on the 16.5 acre (6.7ha) Malay Reserve Land.

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