Developer blamed for causing floods, not building retention ponds


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 25 Nov 2004

BY ELAN PERUMAL

SHAH ALAM: A housing developer here has been served with a stop-work order by the Selangor government after it found that the developer had caused floods at a nearby village. 

The order was served by the Shah Alam City Council yesterday following instructions from state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Fatah Iskandar who later visited the 35ha project site near Kampung Budiman in Meru. 

Fatah said the developer also faced the possibility of being charged in court by the Department of Environment (DOE) and the Selangor government for failing to abide by the city council’s requirement to build four retention ponds at the project site as required under the approval for the development project. 

Besides conveniently using a natural pond in the area to its advantage, he added that the developer had not built even one retention pond in the area. 

Fatah said the irresponsible act of the developer had resulted in massive floods at Kampung Budiman during the first day of Hari Raya.  

He said 47 houses were hit by floodwaters and mud from the project site. 

Fatah said the action against the developer was part of the state’s crackdown against errant developers under its Ops Lumpuh which began yesterday. 

“This is the first case and we are going after other errant developers as well,” he added. 

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