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Putra Heights LRT line awaits tweaking

 | August 9, 2012

The Kelana Jaya LRT extension line at Putra Heights will be tweaked to address landslide fears in the area.

SHAH ALAM: The Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension line at Putra Heights will be tweaked, in light of fears that heavy construction there would cause a massive landslide.

Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s political secretary Faekah Husin revealed this to FMT after the LRT’s owners Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd met with the state government’s leaders today.

“Prasarana has agreed to the state government’s request to vary the design of the line, which is addressed by geotechnical issues and concerns raised by residents,” she said.

Chaired by Khalid, the three-hour meeting was also attended by Selangor’s executive council members.

She did not reveal how much the alignment would change, however.

It was previously reported that raised platforms connecting the future Taman Subang Alam (STN11) and Alam Megah (STN12) stations would be built on a 20-metre-wide bedrock in Putra Heights.

The bedrock is also the only thing that separates the Subang Alam housing estates from a flooded rock quarry, which has been estimated to be 60m deep.

Following an expert geologist’s report, residents there worried that if the tracks were built, the bedrock would give way and loose a massive landslide in the area.

Selangor’s State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) also commissioned an independent geologist to conduct a study on the area. This report was supposedly finished in June, but has not been made public.

Potential floods, according to Faekah, would also be addressed by Prasarana.

“Prasarana has also agreed to decrease the water level in the pond by two metres to address the issue of flooding and landslides,” she said.

Faekah said that UPEN’s report was actually presented during today’s meeting.

She added that although it was fully drafted, it could not be made available to the public just yet as there were still issues that had to be settled by the state government.

These issues included the conversion of land status in the area as well as the acquisition of land by Selangor.


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