Thursday, November 19, 2009

Completion of rehabilitation works at Lafite, SS17

Pursuant to the last posting since this matter was highlighted, a subsequent press conference was held recently at Lafite Apartments in SS17, Subang Jaya. Read the article below for more details. A big thank you to MPSJ councillor Theresa Ratnam, the developer Sime Darby and their consultant.

SUBANG JAYA: Residents of the landslip-prone Lafite Apartments in SS17 here can finally get a good night's sleep.

This is because they no longer have to worry about landslips following the completion of rehabilitation and strengthening works on the slope where their apartments are located.

Work to strengthen the slope, measuring 20 metres high and 170 metres wide, was completed in July after soil work began at the end of last December.

The RM1 million project was carried out by the developer, Sime Darby.

There are 282 apartments on top of the slope.

Residents had been living in fear following three minor landslips in 1999, 2002 and 2008.

At a press conference held at the Lafite Apartments community hall recently, Sime Darby, through its appointed consultant, Han Consultant, submitted a copy of the full report and assessment on the slope rehabilitation work to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council for review.

The slope had been given the soil-nailing treatment, a common method used in strengthening landslip-prone slopes.

Han Consultant principal Han King Guan said he had conducted soil evaluation on the slope since May 2007 and had been monitoring the slope for two years.

"Initially, erosion had occurred on the slope surface but it did not pose any threat to the slope structure.

"We have monitored the slope for two years and finally decided that the slope stability was not within the desirable condition.

"Hence, we opted to do the soil-nailing treatment to strengthen the slope structure," Han said.

The apartment management corporation chairman T.K. Wong thanked Sime Darby for keeping their promise to rectify the slope.

"Although it took us 10 years to have the slope resurfaced with concrete treatment, we are relieved that our houses are now built on a solid and strong surface," he said.

Sime Darby asset management property division head Nor Azhar Md Husain, when asked about the delay in rectifying the slope condition, said there was no delay and that the appointed consultant was carrying out a geo-technical evaluation of the slope.

"The consultant needed to do the evaluation on the slope first before recommending the right treatment for restoring the slope.

"Although the property is now under the care of the management corporation, as a responsible developer, we proceeded to take up the slope rehabilitation project."

Also present was Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh who commended Sime Darby for being a responsible developer.

"I am happy that this matter has been resolved.

"I thank the developer and the consultant for completing the slope remedial work within six months," said Yeoh.

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