IPOH: Residents near Gunung Cheroh, along Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, are living in fear of falling rocks.
Recalling a tragedy which claimed 20 lives near the hill 30 years ago, they are afraid the rock-blasting nearby would endanger their lives and property if the authorities in charge of the blasting were not cautious.
The limestone hill is being blasted to make way for a double-tracking railway line.
Located nearest to the hill is the Sri Subramaniar Temple.
Temple committee president N. Sithambaram said he is worried the rock-blasting behind the temple would damage its multipurpose hall, which is about 300m away.
“The vibrations from the blast can cause cracks to the building and other damages,” he said.
Sithambaram said the vibrations from the blasts could cause a cave-in at another nearby hill where a small Hindu temple and a Chinese temple are located.
A resident in nearby Persiaran Anderson, who did not want to be named, said the blasting was very loud at times.
He suggested that those in charge of the blasting provide information on the time and days of the blasting through flyers to the residents.
A DRB Hicom spokesman said they were using only small explosives to blast a portion of the hill behind the Sri Subramaniar Temple, as they needed space to add another track for the railway project.
He said they had given enough notices and warnings to the residents on the blasting.
He also assured nature-lovers that the hill would be cut properly so as to not deface it.
“We are conducting controlled blasting whereby it is done slowly, although the job has been delayed.
“In fact, the worst stage is over,” he said.
He said the project was scheduled to be completed by the end of next month.
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