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Saturday, 12 August 2017 | MYT 3:37 PM

Residents blame construction works for cracks in homes

RESIDENTS at Taman Cheras Perdana are unhappy over cracks appearing in their houses, claiming it was caused by nearby works for the construction of MMC Pembetungan Langat Sdn Bhd’s (MMC PLSB) Langat Sewerage Project.

Abdul Aziz Mohd Isa, 53, who has been living there for 30 years, said cracks started appearing in his rooms, bathrooms and ceiling about two to three months ago.
“Everything in the house shakes whenever they do their works,” he said during a meeting to sort out the matter between residents and MMC PLSB. 

He said he hoped MMC PLSB will rectify the cracks quickly.
Another resident James Kook, 38, said his house is also filled with cracks in different parts of his house.

“We started noticing it two months ago.

“My two children, aged seven and five, were constantly asking why the ground was shaking.

“We even had our fluorescent lights’ covers dropping due to the vibration, which makes this dangerous as they could have hit us,” he said.

Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng said he received complaints from five houses about two months ago.

“I requested MMC PLSB to stop work until a proper report on the complaints were done.

“Two weeks ago, residents complained again on the noise from the works,” he said.

During the meeting, MMC PLSB network construction superintendent Ron Ng said the works involved micro tunneling to lay down 1.8m diameter pipes for sewerage.

He said taking into consideration the concerns of the residents, they have decided to switch to a different method of construction.

“We are switching from Concrete Bore Pile Method to Micropiling, which does not cause vibration as it uses a smaller machine.

“It is a more expensive method but for the residents, we are switching to it,” he said.

He said they will also monitor work hours, which will be from 8am to 7pm.

“We will try out best to minimise the inconvenience caused to the residents,” he said.

On the house cracks, he said they will rectify it if they find that they were caused by the project.

“We have never run away from our responsibility. This, we will ensure,” he said.

According to the website on the project, the Langat Sewerage Project is one of the “Sewerage Non-River” projects under Greater Kuala Lumpur.

The high-impact project involves building a centralised sewage treatment plant capable of processing 207,000 cubic metres of sewage per day.

The sewage piping network will measure approximately 105km long and will cover a catchment area of 60.9 sq km, stretching from Cheras Batu 11 to Kajang.

The project is expected to be completed on Oct 19, 2020.