Emergency team on standby after Tmn Bukit Saga rockfall

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018

The site of the rockslip and the approximately 1m x 1m that tumbled down the hillslope into a patch of mud which sprayed onto houses and vehicles along Jalan Saga 28 in Taman Bukit Saga. Photo by : SYAZANA ABD SHUKUR/TheStar

AN EMERGENCY response team has been put on standby 24 hours every day to reassure residents of Jalan Saga 28 after rocks tumbled down Taman Bukit Saga’s hill side, splashing mud along 10 houses on Jan 23.

A boulder measuring about 1m by 1m slid down the hill at 10.45am as a result of construction work at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Expressway’s (SUKE) project site.

No injuries, casualties or damaged property were reported but swift action was taken by SUKE’s highway concessionaire Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas) to immediately see to the houses and vehicles affected by the spray of mud.

Prolintas bore the cost  to clean up the area, which was completed by 7pm on the same day.

A statement by Prolintas read that the SUKE team was still investigating the incident.

MPAJ Engineering Department director Zafrul Fazry Mohd Fauzi who explained that the rockslip along Jalan Saga 28 would not have affected residents' safety because of the distance between the hillside on which the SUKE project, the protective barrier and the residential area.

“If there are any elements of negligence found in the execution of the construction work, strict action will be taken on the contractor involved,” said the statement.

“Referral counters have been prepared to receive complaints from the public and monitor cleaning work - if the public has any information regarding the mismanagement of the contractor, they may inform Prolintas," it added.

The counters will be open daily for around two weeks along Jalan Saga 28.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) issued a stop-work directive to halt construction on-site immediately following the incident, said the council’s engineering department director Zafrul Fazry Mohd Fauzi.

He said the incident likely occurred because of construction work on the day which required the use of an excavator to construct a route onto SUKE, causing the minor rockslide.

“The rock fell at a height of over 35m from the project’s work-site to the foothill. At the foothill of the slope was a muddy patch, which the rock fell into, splashing muddy water onto the housing area.

“A large buffer zone measuring 2m x 1m x 1m was built previously on-site at a distance of 30m from the foot of the slope and another 50m from the nearest house – meaning that if a rock falls, it will not tumble out of the safety zone.

“SUKE’s concessionaire are required to provide MPAJ with a recommendation immediately as well as redirect the natural water flow of the hill to prevent issues in the future.

As a secondary safety measure, access to popular hiking trails along the hill has been temporarily closed until further notice, said Teratai assemblyman Tiew Way Keng.

He added that the Selangor Bukit Ampang Hikers Association would be handing over a proposal for an alternative route in two to three weeks.

“We are planning to propose Jalan Saga 5, off Jalan Taman Saga along the main road, away from the residential area,” said member of the association Pua PK.

For details and to issue a complaint, contact 1300 88 9922, visit www.mysuke.com.my or email feedback.suke@prolintas.com.my

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