THE fixing of the soil settlement issue at Taman Teluk Gedung Indah (TTGI) low-cost flats in Port Klang, along with new roofing, rebuilding sunken sewage chambers, electrical rewiring and a new coat of paint, will cost around RM5mil.
Public Works Department (JKR) Klang District engineer Syaharidanisman Mohd Johanis, who made an exploratory site visit with two engineers, said an initial assessment on the elaborate scope of work needed came up to an estimated RM5mil.
JKR engineers Aini Abdul Rahman and Norlina Mohd Ighar went through remedial measure plans, which involved an hour of in-depth technical discussion, to resolve the soil settlement issue affecting the two blocks of flats.
Syaharidanisman said the main cost would come from rectification works beneath the base of the building and around the pile footing, which is an estimated RM3.5mil.
“Other than the structural works, the allocation, once approved, will be used for electrical wiring, rebuilding the roofing that was blown off during multiple storms, reconstructing the sunken sewage tanks and getting the flats repainted,” he said.
On Aug 11, StarMetro featured the soil settlement issue that has been affecting TTGI flats since March 2008.
JKR Geotechnical Forensic Division had done a thorough evaluation in March and determined the building was safe to live in.
The TTGI flats, sandwiched between Lorong Sama Gagah 18D and Sungai Klang, were built to relocate some 150 families from Taman Kem Rumah Panjang.
“Once the outline on the scope of work, technical drawings and detail costing is completed, it will be forwarded to Klang Municipal Council (MPK), which will oversee the project.
“MPK will receive our report next week.
I understand the council will then submit the report to the Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) for the allocation,” he added.
He said once the allocation for was approved, JKR would be able to begin work in three months.
“Our main issue with both blocks of flats is the soil settlement, which has caused the gap between the two blocks.
“We plan to inject cementitious grout into the weak marine clay beneath the foundation.
“It will include compacted granular material, light weight concrete filling and bituminous sealants.”
Syaharidanisman explained that the method would ensure the stability of the ground beneath the building.
“We expect to take about 10 months to complete all rectification works for both flats,” he added.
MPK Commissioner of Buildings director Hani Suryati Abd Rahman said while waiting for JKR’s report, the council would carry out a survey on each flat to ascertain any damage on the interior.
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