23November2017

Explain hill clearing at Batu Gantang, Chant tells state govt

Residents at Jalan Batu Gantung here want the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and the state government  to explain if the hill clearing activity near Batu Gantung adheres to the standard operating procedure (SOP) or regulations.

Citizens Awareness Chant (Chant) Group advisor Yan Lee said he had received a lot of complaints from the residents who are worried that a landslide could recur similar to the one that killed 11 workers on Saturday at Tanjung Bungah.

What concerned the residents was the hill clearing activity on a hillslope close to the Penang Turf Club that had been going on for over a year despite numerous complaints from concerned non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to the local authority.

He also questioned whether mixed development project on the foot of the hill had obtained the approval from the local and federal authorities, especially on the hill clearing.

“Hill clearing activity near Batu Gantung here has been going on since early last year and no action has been taken even though a report has been lodged.

“The view from Jalan Jesselton on the hill is very ugly as the slope looks very steep and without any plastic covering the hillslope, what will happen to the hillslope when its rains? They are risking the lives of the workers who are working on the construction site,” he told reporters here.

He said it was reported that the Batu Gantung project was approved in 2015 but MBPP had issued a warning letter to the developer on October 2016 on the hill clearing activity.

“Now, we are questioning why the project is still allowed to go on despite a warning letter has been issued? Action should be taken by MBPP against the developer if they continue to act against the law,” he said.

“It is time that the local council look at all the hill clearing projects in the state to avoid any untoward incidents,” he said.

In Saturday’s incident, a landslide in Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah killed 11 workers, including a Malaysian at the base of an affordable housing project of a 50-storey building, which had not received the Department of Environment (DOE) approval.-25/10/2017

PERINGATAN: AgendaDaily tidak bertanggungjawab terhadap komentar yang diutarakan melalui laman sosial ini. Ia pandangan peribadi pemilik akaun dan tidak semestinya menggambarkan pendirian sidang redaksi kami. Segala risiko akibat komen yang disiarkan menjadi tanggungjawab pemilik akaun sendiri.
AgendaDaily.com adalah sebuah portal surat khabar elektronik yang menyalurkan maklumat terus ke skrin komputer anda dalam bentuk berita, analisis berita, laporan khas, fokus, komentar, wawancara dan segala macam yang ingin diketahui mengenai berbagai-bagai perkembangan hal ehwal semasa negara dan juga luar negara.

Bahasa Melayu

English

  • Domestic
  • Overseas
  • Entertaiment
  • Politics

Kami mempunyai 663  tetamu dalam talian