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|Clearing and construction for a condo and semi-detached housing project, Trehaus, reported in http://anilnetto.com/ 26 Aug 2016. Photo taken in 2014 …|
Behind BJ Cove houses at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1 is an IJM Trehaus Project.
|IJM Hill Clearing 2014|
Two invalid pipe culverts formed sinkholes at BJ Cove houses
The following plan clearly shows an underground pipe culvert from the IJM Trehaus site that converged directly, vertically at BJ Cove houses from another underground pipe culvert at nearby pond were burst, caused house cracks, floods, formed sinkholes (by two pipe culverts converged in red) and damaged to BJ Cove houses in 2015 due to blockages of waters whenever rains and because of lack of drainage systems. The sinkhole was caused by soil erosion due to waters under the ground.Therefore, damages to houses were caused by severe soil erosion due to water movement under the road and buildings.
The following is an underground pipe culvert from the IJM Trehaus site behind BJ Cove houses at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1:
|IJM constructing an underground pipe Culvert in 2014 to BJ Cove Houses|
|IJM constructing an underground pipe Culvert in to BJ Cove Houses|
IJM Underground Pipe Culvert to BJ Cove Houses
Waters gushing down from IJM Trehaus site to BJ Cove houses
The nearby pond besides IJM Trehaus site:
Serious Drainage Issues
constructing the drain from the pond to divert the waters:
|A drain under construction by JPS to divert waters from the nearby pond but show no sign to divert waters from IJM Site|
Letters fromThe Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID or JPS)
Clearly, the underground pipe culverts leaked and waters seeped through the
cracks as it did not happen immediately but over a period of time!
Despite the underground pipe culverts declared invalid by JPS and the Penang City Council’s (Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, i.e. MBPP) has issued stop work orders directing the developers, Worldwide Venture Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of IJM Land to rectify the damages within 1 and 2 weeks time since 2015 (as per the attached letters below), multiple wall cracks, slabs collapsed, PBA water pipes burst, leakage charges, damaging ceiling, electrical DB board, and tiles fallen, broken/popped up, are still pending settlement and remedial works to be carried out by parties responsible for the damages since 2014 !!
Damages appeared after IJM began construction works in 2014, like hill clearing, rock-blasting, piling and digging culvert at Trehaus site. As a result, waters seepage through multiple cracks on the ground, walls, tiles fallen from roofs and popped up from the ground due to vibration from rock-blasting and piling for the building.
Pictures showing floods, sinkholes at Lintang Bukit Jambul 1, 11900 Penang, damaged to BJ Cove houses, cracks, waters leakages seeped through the cracks, slabs collapsed, ceilings & tiles broken & fallen, electrical DB board explosion, etc caused by severe soil erosion due to water movement under the road and buildings. The underground pipe leaked and waters seeped through the cracks!
|Sinkhole at BJ Cove house no. 20|
|IJM converted the sinkhole into a manhole waters from their underground pipe culvert at Trehaus|
|Sinkhole at house 20 is covered up by IJM’s underground pipe culvert from IJM Trehaus|
|IJM converting the sinkhole at BJ Cove no. 20|
We demand immediate enforcement & Actions, Truth be told:
1. The parties responsible must quickly without further delays, to settle the claims and start the remedial works to the damaged houses without condition, as both JPS has declared underground pipe culverts invalid and BPP has issued stop work orders directed the developers, Worldwide Venture Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of IJM Land to rectify the damages ithin 1 and 2 weeks time since 2015!
2. Enforce IJM’s & MBPP’ Letters/Stop-work Orders (above attacked), and divert waters from the two invalid underground pipe culverts deemed illegal at the IJM Trehaus site and nearby ponds which must be closed and grouted as a long term solution to the problems.
3. Beef up the enforcement and accountability not just in government agencies but also in professional bodies, like the Board Of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), the Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), etc to uphold the professional ethics, integrity and standards, to ensure public safety of the buildings and people life.
Findings from Penang Forum
Dr Kam, a scientist, focused on expansion of impermeable surface area (caused by ill planned development and replacing natural ground cover such as hills, fields and trees that act as a water absorbing sponge) and soil erosion and landslides (caused by cutting and development in hill areas) as two factors that need special attention.
She quoted Datuk Kam U Tee, the Penang Water Authority general manager (1973~90), as having correctly explained the Penang floods of October 2008, as follows: the floods were caused by conversion of the Paya Terubong and Bayan Baru valleys into “concrete aprons that do not retain water. The water immediately flows into streams causing flash floods even with moderate rainfall. Because of hillcutting activities, the flowing water causes erosion of the slopes which carries mud and silt into the river beds”. ( The Star, Oct 24, 2008).
Credits – Slides presented by Environmental, health and safety consultant Aziz Noor, and scientist Dr Kam Suan Pheng at the Penang Forum event on Oct 29, 2017
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Penang government must provide a COMPETENT flood mitigation plan for the state starting with a comprehensive Drainage Master Plan Study and not slogan.
The Penang government has to be ACCOUNTABLE to the people and not private developers. In other words, ‘Politicians should be ‘wakil rakyat’ and not ‘wakil pemaju’. If certain waterways and catchment areas have to be gazetted as permanent drainage and storage areas, then so be it.
The safety and well-being of the Rakyat has to come first. In the interest of TRANSPARENCY, Penang has to launch an inquiry into how the local council approved property developments on slopes without adequate slope protection.
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