By Farah Wahida:

The developer of a retaining wall that collapsed in Bukit Setiawangsa should build a new and sturdy wall as a possible long-term solution, according to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)

Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said the new wall should comply with the 2010 Kuala Lumpur hillslope development regulations, with cost borne by the developer, reported The Malay Mail.

“The new retaining wall and slope will take into account the soil investigation report, safety factor and buffer zone,” he said after a meeting with the Public Works Institute of Malaysia (Ikram), Public Works Department and the developer.

So far, the temporary mitigation work on the collapsed wall has started last week and is expected to be completed later this month. “After that, residents, who had to vacate their houses, will be allowed to go back.”

Moreover, DBKL will help the police list down the number of affected households eligible for compensation from the developer.

“Starting from tomorrow, the monitoring of the site will be executed by the developer and its consultant. Ikram will cooperate with us while the developer will have to submit their soil investigation readings to us.”

In addition, the authorities have created a task force to oversee the Bukit Setiawangsa slopes. They comprise the Mineral and Geo-Science Department, Public Works Department, Ikram and the developer.

However, DBKL has not yet decided on the fate of bungalows owned by Setiawangsa MP Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique and Rompin MP Datuk Seri Jamaludin Jarjis. Nonetheless, the police have set up checkpoints in the area to ensure safety and prevent thefts.

Farah Wahida, Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email farahwahida@propertyguru.com.my

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