A SINKHOLE at the entrance of Taman Seri Taming in Cheras, Selangor, is suspected to be caused by an underground burst pipe.
Residents had put up plastic barriers around the hole after spotting it on Wednesday, thus barring access to the two-way street for now.
Residents association (RA) chairman Brandon Yau said he had received a report from the security guard about minor cracks forming at the spot a day before the sinkhole was seen.
“At first, only the entry was closed. But we have now closed the exit too to prevent any accidents, ” he said, adding that residents had already been notified.
There are three entry points into the 414-unit residential area, and vehicles now have to use the two entrances in Jalan Seri Taming 1F.
Yau hoped repair works would start soon to alleviate the traffic spillover caused by the closure of entrance C.
He added that around 300 vehicles pass through it daily.
Kajang Municipal (MPKj) councillor Khoo Khim Han said officers from MPKj Engineering Department had inspected the sinkhole.
“Investigation has revealed that there are water pipes around the sinkhole, so the matter will be forwarded to Air Selangor to check if there is any leakage.
“If the sinkhole is not fixed soon, it may worsen, ” he said after a visit to the location with Balakong assemblyman’s special officer Dickson Tan. Also present was the RA treasurer Kenny Loo.
Khoo said the issue was a recurrence from 2018 which had been caused by soil erosion due to a pipe leakage.
Separately, Yau hoped MPKj would expedite the approval for the RA’s application to build a new guardhouse at the road shoulder of entrance B.
“The current guardhouse is located in the middle of the street, allowing for only one lane for entry and one for exit. This causes congestion at the entrance.
“A new guardhouse will allow for two entry lanes, ” he explained.