Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Sinking homes cause sleepless nights in Segambut
Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2013/07/09/Sinking-homes-cause-sleepless-nights-Construction-of-wall-affects-four-houses-in-Segambut.aspx (BY VIJENTHI NAIR VIJENTHI@THESTAR.COM.MY, 9/7/2013)
FOUR houses in Kampung Segambut Dalam,
are sinking and the residents are living in
Segambut Dalam Landowner Association chairman Mazwan Darjoh said cracks had appeared on the walls and floors, and that the houses were in danger of collapsing.
He said the problem started when a wall was built next to the houses.
“A developer is putting up the wall before proceeding to develop the vacant land next to the village. “However, there is no signage to inform residents about the project,” he said when met at the site, adding that he checked with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and was told that no approval had been given for the development of the land.
Mazwan said two years ago, DBKL had held a meeting with the residents over a proposed 47-storey condominium project there. “We did not object to the development. However, we wanted assurance that the cost of repairing any damage to the houses in the course of the construction would be borne by the developer. “We also asked that they build a proper drainage system and access road. “Following this, no further discussions were held.
“In May this year, contractors suddenly put up the wall separating the village from the vacant land. They have also totally blocked a drain that leads to the nearby river,” he added. “The four houses located along the wall started to sink and cracks appeared, prompting the residents to lodge police reports. “The contractors have stopped work on the wall but the damage is done. I hope DBKL will look into this matter and ensure that the developer carries out repairs at the affected houses,” said Mazwan.Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said he would raise the matter with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, and ask him to help resolve the houseowners’ problem.