Living next to unstable terrain


 

Kong ... ‘the gap is getting bigger andbigger’

VILLAGERS in Kampung Pasir, Puchong Km22.4 are worried about their homes as the ground surrounding the collapsed portion of a drain in Jalan Bunga Ros continues to give way. 

Kampung Baru Batu 14 Village Security and Development Committee chairman Kong Mun Choong said a sinkhole, about 1m wide and 2m deep, had appeared recently near where the village drain connected to the monsoon drain. 

“The villagers did not think much of it at first, but as the rains continued, the gap got bigger and bigger,” he said, adding that he had written to Subang Jaya Municipal Council urging MPSJ to solve the problem fast before the road and the houses near it were affected.  

Kong said he had reminded the council several times of the impending danger, but to date no work had been done to rectify the problem. “And, the gap continues to widen to about 10m long and 5m wide while parts of the village drain have begun to collapse.”  

He said further delay would aggravate the situation and affect more houses.  

The village drain is beginning to collapse by the day.

Kong said what was distressing was that the problem began as a result of the Petaling Drainage and Irrigation Department’s shoddy work carried out on the monsoon drain.  

He said water from the village drain began to flow under a U-shaped culvert placed for the monsoon drain and this had slowly eroded the soil underneath the village drain. 

“The entire village sits on a former mining land,” said Kong. “So, when the water started to flow under the drains it came loose and has been washed away,” he said, adding that the weak soil structure had added to the villagers’ fears.  

MPSJ councillor Liew Yew Fook said the council was aware of the problem and he had visited the site to gauge the extent of the damage. 

“The problem is serious and we (MPSJ) are in the process of preparing an emergency budget as well hiring a contractor to carry out the works,” he said, adding that the council hoped to get the works completed soon.  

Liew said the council had contacted the DID to find out what steps the department would take. “DID has informed us that it has sent a contractor to start work on the monsoon drain first.”  

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