‘Landslip at riverbank major concern for nearby residents’


A LANDSLIP at the riverbank near Shineville Park condominium in Ayer Itam, Penang, is causing concern among nearby residents.

Paya Terubong MCA constituency coordinator Chooi Foo Cheong urged the state Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), Public Works Department (JKR) and Penang Island Municipal Council (MBPP) to look into the matter as soon as possible.Chooi (left) and Wong measuring the depth of land subsidence near Shineville Park Condominium in Ayer Itam, Penang.Chooi (left) and Wong measuring the depth of land subsidence near Shineville Park Condominium in Ayer Itam, Penang.

He said the land subsidence there had reached a depth of 0.91m on July 25.

“Besides the condominium residents, those staying at several three-storey bungalows nearby are also worried about the situation,” he said during a press conference after a site visit with Bukit Gelugor MCA coordinator Wong Chin Chong.

Shineville Park condominium is a 40-storey building, with 10 floors serving as a multi-storey carpark and there are 10 units on each floor.

Chooi said he would urge the DID, JKR and MBPP to give priority to resolving the problem before proceeding with the council’s RM700,000 bicycle lane project, which would be from SJK (C) Chiao Nan to the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged in Batu Lanchang.

He was worried that the bicycle lane would be affected by the landslip.

“The construction of the bicycle lane started last year and was expected to be completed by September.

“However, the project might not be completed as scheduled because repairs and restoration work may take a long time,” he said.

When contacted, Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng said consultants had been appointed to study and monitor the landslip at the riverbank and they are in the midst of finalising their report.

“When we first got to know about the situation in January, I went on the ground together with MBPP councillor Rohaizat Hamid as well as representatives from the state DID, northeast district DID, developer and MBPP Engineering Department.

“We met the residents and they told us about their concerns.

“After that, DID and MBPP appointed consultants to study the problem and monitor the situation.

“They will also advise and recommend the rectification works needed,” he said.

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