Banting sinkhole repairs to go on despite restriction order


By BRENDA

Repair works on the sinkhole in Jalan Emas 30 will continue in view of the danger posed to residents and motorists.

REPAIR works on a sinkhole measuring 3m in diameter at Jalan Emas 30 in Banting, Kuala Langat, will continue despite the movement control order (MCO).

Banting assemblyman Lau Weng San said the repairs were necessary and would go on despite the restriction order.

“The repair works that started on March 13 must go on because if this sinkhole grows bigger it will affect the safety of residents and we cannot let that happen, ” he said during a site visit.

When StarMetro visited the site at Taman Sungai Emas housing area, workers were seen carrying out repairs.

Work is expected to complete in two weeks.

Lau said the sinkhole was less than a foot wide when he first received the complaint and visited the site mid-January.

“The hole is visibly getting bigger day by day and it is crucial that repair works are expedited to ensure the safety of residents, ” he said, adding that even the drain walls beside the sinkhole were coming apart and sinking.

Lau added that checks by the Kuala Langat Municipal Council showed a possible sewage leak underground which caused the sinkhole.

Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) was notified and after carrying out checks, agreed to make the necessary repairs.

“I hope and urge IWK to do a proper job and not just a touch and go patch work.

“Do study the real cause and find a solution to fix it for the long term, ” he said.

Repair works will take about two weeks to complete because contractors would need to excavate further to fix the problem underground before stabilising the soil and covering it up.

Lau believed that underground strengthening works would be done to ensure the sinkhole did not open up again in future.

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