Batang Kali-Genting Highlands road to reopen on Jan 6

KUALA LUMPUR: The Batang Kali-Genting Highlands road in Hulu Selangor, which was closed since Dec 16 following the landslide tragedy, will be opened to traffic at 5pm Friday (Jan 6) under the surveillance of the authorities.

The Public Works Department, in a statement today (Jan 5), announced that a temporary route will be opened with only one lane and is limited to workers in Genting Highlands with an employer’s letter, for class one vehicles (cars, taxis and multi-purpose vehicles) as well as class six vehicles (motorcycles and scooters).

According to the department, motorists using the road are not allowed to stop at the landslide incident section.

"Users should be careful when passing through the road and adhere to all signs as works to monitor the slope are still being carried out,” it added.

It also urged road users to use alternative routes such as the Ulu Yam-Batu Caves and Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh routes to reduce congestion.

Members of the public can contact the Hulu Selangor PWD at 03-6064 1046, 03-6064 1146, 03-6064 1058 and 03-6064 1073 for further information.

The landslide tragedy - which occurred at 2.42am on Dec 16 at the camping site of Father’s Organic Farm, Gohtong Jaya, Batang Kali - took 31 lives while 61 survived out of the 92 victims reported in the incident. - Bernama

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