Sunday, August 15, 2010

Living in fear of another Highland Towers tragedy

New Straits Times, Sunday, 8th August 2010 - Original Article

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By Mazlinda Mahmood

SHAH ALAM: Looking at the condition of the open parking lot of the Indahria Apartment in Section 22 here, many would think that an earthquake had struck.

Residents of the 15-floor apartment have been living in fear that shifting soil which has resulted in the cracks forming across their parking lot for the past three years will soon destabilise the foundation.

Indahria Residents Association deputy chairman Anuar Pin, 42, said small cracks had been detected at the parking lot, located a metre from the Damansara River for the past three years, and they had become much worse lately.

"We have complained to the developer and they have repaired the cracks many times, but they would reappear.

"We are worried now as the cracks have reached about 0.4m deep and are only 10m away from the apartment. It gets worse when it rains.

"We hope the relevant authorities will take immediate steps to stabilise the soil and not postpone the repair work any longer," he said yesterday.

Another resident Mohd Shukri Sulaiman, 33, said the cracks were now about 100m long.

"I live on the eighth floor with my wife and two children, and I worry for their safety. "I do not want a Highland Towers- like tragedy here."

Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail of Parti Keadilan Rakyat said in a press statement that a meeting was held on June 7, involving representatives from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS), Shanghai Realty Sdn Bhd, Joint Management Body and Shah Alam City Council to discuss the problem.

"The developer in his report said the Damansara River de-sedimentation work by JPS was the reason that the cracks keep forming, but JPS has denied the claim.

"Therefore, we have suggested that an independent consultant or third party like the Public Works Department or the Malaysian Institute of Public Works to conduct further investigation to find out why the cracks keep forming."

To other Indahria Owners, are you aware of this? I certainly dont wish this crack goes to the building!

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