SOME RM200,000 is being allocated for slope repairs and prevention measures to address a damaged slope in Kampung Tasik Permai, Ampang Jaya, Selangor, following several soil erosion incidents this year.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) councillor Mohammad Firdaus Babh said the local council had allocated funds to carry out immediate repairs on the compromised slope at Jalan Permai J even though it was state land.
“Due to the urgency of the matter, MPAJ is spending RM150,000 to build a retention pond, new drains and for works to plant grass on the exposed hillslope.
“The Hulu Langat Land Office, through the Rural Development Division, allocated RM50,000 to build temporary drains toward the top of the slope to ensure there is no further erosion while other remedial works are being carried out,” he said during a press conference yesterday.
The pond would help hold and distribute surface water and soil runoff to prevent flooding, he said.
Mohammad Firdaus added that repairs had to be expedited as the Permai Villa housing estate was located next to the slope as well as older houses at its foot.
Works are expected to be completed by January or February next year.
He said three soil erosion incidents happened this year at the same slope with the most recent on Nov 8.
“Several houses in Permai Villa were slightly damaged as soil washed down the slope and the resulting mud flow also affected seven houses in Lorong Permai 19, 20 and 21.
“The monsoon drains will also be cleared of any debris in case there is overflow of water from the exposed hill,” he explained, adding that no earth movement had been detected since November.
In a related matter, Mohammad Firdaus said the land office was taking action against several homeowners who were found to have built houses at the top of the same slope without approval.
“Four houses were built without the necessary permits from the land office and they could be in a precarious situation.
“The authorities are looking into the matter,” he said.