Uneasy over Ampang hillslope project

Residents of De Puncak Ukay fear that the proposed hillslope project could lead to landslides.

AN UPCOMING housing project on a steep hillslope at De Puncak Ukay, Taman Ukay Perdana in Ampang has residents concerned about their safety.

It is learned that Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has approved the housing project, which consists of 100 superlink houses, on a Class IV slope.

Class 1 is the least severe in terms of terrain grading where slope angles are less than 15 degrees.

Slopes with angles greater than 35 degrees are classified as Class IV as they pose the highest risk.

De Puncak Ukay Residents Association (DePURA) chairman Zaini Ramlee said the project was only 50m away from the existing homes.

“The developers were given approval in 2008, but works have not started.

“Now, we have found out that the approval for the project was based on the 2008 application.

Zaini says residents found out about the project upon receiving letters informing them of a dilapidation survey.
Zaini says residents found out about the project upon receiving letters informing them of a dilapidation survey.

“How can this be when any development order issued only has a two-year time limit,” he asked, adding that residents were concerned with such a large-scale project on a steep hillslope.

“Considering the track record of landslides in the area, projects such as these should have been discussed with the residents.

“It was only when residents received letters that a dilapidation survey was being carried out that we found out about the project,” he said.

He added that letters of protests had been sent to MPAJ and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s office.

Resident Datuk Nik Haidi Nik Mohamad said safety and maintenance were their primary concerns, should the project continue.

“With this kind of topography, building the houses is going to be challenging.

“How can the developers guarantee that there will not be any landslide or soil erosion that could affect us.

“There is only one access road, and heavy machinery coming in and out of the area will surely add to the congestion,” he said, adding that residents were already dealing with the building of the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) along Jalan Ukay Perdana.

When met at a DePURA event, Azmin said engagements between residents and MPAJ would continue over the matter.

“We may not be able to address all the issues, but certainly there are legitimate concerns that need to be tackled by the local authority.

“We want both the residents and developers to benefit from any project in the area.

“I also want to remind developers who tend to focus on profitability that in our policy, profitability must come with social responsibility,” he said.

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