Taman Bukit Kuchai residents fear landslide if slope fails


By CY LEE

Chan says part of the slope along Jalan 16, Taman Bukit Kuchai, is in danger of failing, posing a danger to residents and their property. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

HEAVY rain over the past few weeks has reignited fears of a landslide among residents living opposite a slope along Jalan 16, Taman Bukit Kuchai in Puchong.

According to them, a landslide measuring 30m high occurred at the slope about two years ago.

Luckily, it did not result in serious damage to their property back then.

Slope repair work, including reinforcement and drainage features, was only completed about six months ago.

However, residents started to notice portions of earth slipping last month.

“It was just a few days before Ramadan when the first incident happened.

“Shortly after, some contractors arrived to cover the earth with tarpaulin sheets and that was it, ” said Chan Ping Hai, whose brother lives in Jalan 16.

He said the continuous rainfall over the weekend also caused another portion of the slope about 10m away to move.

“When we saw the chunk of earth more than five metres wide slipping over the

weekend, we realised that the slope is holding a lot of rainwater, which means it is weak now.”

Chan also said that the drainage built onto the slope was filled with rocks that compromised the flow of water into the monsoon drain.

“When it rains, the water just overflows and runs down the slope in front of my brother’s house like a waterfall.

“There is also mud stuck in the drains in front of our houses and we fear the worst, ” he added.

He said most of the residents parked their cars next to the slope, and were worried their vehicles would be damaged if the slope failed.

Subang MCA chairman Lawrence Chiew, who was contacted by Chan, said residents were concerned for their safety because large chunks of earth had moved within a space of a month.

“They fear that the slope will give way and a landslide will affect their homes and other property because of the wet spell now, ” added Chiew, who is also Selangor MCA Complaints Bureau chief.

He has alerted a few councillors from the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) about the matter.

“We hope MBSJ can address the problem quickly before any more damage is caused.

“There is a water reservoir at the top of the hill which can also be affected if the slope is compromised, ” he said, adding that the structure was located right above a school.

MBSJ had yet to respond on the matter as at press time.

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