Residents of flats in Jalan Kelang Lama live in fear of landslides


Sri Lempah residents say the plastic sheets will not protect them if the hill slope behind their flats erodes further. — YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

EACH time the sky rumbles, Saroja Thevi Rajagopal becomes afraid.

The mother of three is terrified that the hill slope behind her flat in Taman Sri Lempah, Kuala Lumpur, will collapse into the building.

She said it first started eroding last October after a downpour.

“First it was one section, then it was another part.

“Now it looks like erosion is happening at a fresh site along the same slope, ” she added.

Saroja lives in Block B of the flats located in Lorong Jugra, off Batu 3½ Jalan Kelang Lama, and her unit directly faces the damaged slope.

Saroja says she first began to see signs of erosion in October last year after a downpour.Saroja says she first began to see signs of erosion in October last year after a downpour.

Her daughter, M. Tanu said that after she complained to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), contractors covered both areas of exposed slope with a plastic sheet.

“But that was all they did. We never saw them again.

“And now it looks like a fresh portion of the slope is slowly eroding.

“We are afraid, ” said Tanu.

Ram Prakash, who lives in the same block of flats, also fears a possible landslide as it currently rains almost every day.

“Sometimes the storms are so bad that trees get uprooted, ” he said. The father of six said he was worried the slope would come crashing down while his children were playing outside.

“Due to the current unpredictable weather, I think DBKL should repair the slope immediately.

“The plastic sheet is of no help in the long run, ” he added.

Concurring with Ram is Shukri Abdulah who says his unit was the closest to the damaged slope.

“Yes I am afraid, especially when it starts to rain. My unit will be the first to be affected, ” he said.

Sri Lempah Management Corporation I & II, which manages the four blocks of flats, also lodged a complaint with DBKL last November.

Its chairman Chong Kam Cheng said they received a letter from DBKL advising them to repair the slope as it was private property.

“DBKL gave us a seven-day deadline to repair the slope, failing which they would carry out the repairs themselves and bill us for it.

“The deadline has passed and DBKL is preparing the paperwork for the work which will be carried out by them, ” he added.

DBKL Development and Infrastructure director Datuk Tan Kim Bock confirmed a letter was sent to the management of Sri Lempah.

“It is private property and they will have to bear the cost of remedial measures.

“But due to the urgency of the situation, we will carry out the repairs first and bill them later, ” he said.

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