DBKL to review Seri Duta 1 condo slope repair plan

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will review the long-term soil stabilisation proposal by the Seri Duta 1 condominium management committee in Taman Duta, Kuala Lumpur.

Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah said the Malaysian Institute of Public Works (Ikram) will check the plan on behalf of DBKL to ensure it is safe for implementation.“This needs to be done speedily so immediate measures can be taken to strengthen the slope,” he said when contacted, adding that DBKL was expecting to receive the proposal by Tuesday.

Mahadi said the equipment had been installed to monitor the soil structure in the area.

“So far, no major movement has been detected,” he added.

Sheets can be seen covering the slope at Seri Duta 1 condominium. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The StarSheets can be seen covering the slope at Seri Duta 1 condominium. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

On Monday, DBKL said four blocks comprising 34 residential units were affected and declared the area unsafe.

It also said that further checks revealed structural faults that included a detached supporting column and cracks in the building.

Seri Duta 1 comprises 14 blocks with each having between three and six floors.

Joel Brown, a member of the management committee, told StarMetro that only one block was unsafe.“But many residents in the other three blocks (that were said to be affected) have also vacated their units.

“Most are staying with family or friends,” he said, adding that a chat group was set up to provide regular updates to residents.

Seri Duta 1 is located in the upscale enclave of Taman Duta.Seri Duta 1 is located in the upscale enclave of Taman Duta.

Brown added that works to cover the slope with a concrete layer began yesterday afternoon.

“This is an immediate measure to stabilise the slope.

“We are targeting to finish the work on the same day if weather permits,” he said.

Sentul OCPD Asst Comm Beh Eng Lai said works had been carried out to divert excess water from the slope.

He said the condominium was located on lower ground, resulting in the soil there catching water runoff from the surrounding area.

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