The failure of landowners to fulfill their responsibility of maintaining the slopes of their property will see the Petaling Jaya City Council spending RM50 million on hill strengthening works.
Councillor Derek Fernandez stressed that owners are legally responsible of ensuring that their land are well maintained.
“The state should seize the land of irresponsible owners if they fail to look after the slopes on their properties,” he noted during a visit to Jalan 5/64 in Section 5, Petaling Jaya.
MBPJ appointed contractors to strengthen two hill slopes in Jalan 5/66 and Jalan 5/64, after several soil erosion and land slides occurred within the areas.
The works have an estimated cost of RM8 million and RM4.5 million, respectively, with the hill strengthening work in Jalan 5/64 set to be completed in June 2014.
Notably, the works in Jalan 5/64 employs the “soil nailing” technique across 2,300 sq m of land.
To prevent further landslides and soil erosion, the council has prohibited all major development, which are termed Class Three and Four, within the area.
Meanwhile, Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran lauded the council for the pro-active actions taken, adding that he would bring the issue of seizing privately-owned land at state-level.
“MBPJ should not have to strengthen these hillslopes using public funds…However, it is necessary to ensure the safety of those living and visiting the Bukit Gasing recreational area,” he said.