KUCHING: The Sarawak DAP has asked the state government to check whether quarry operations just outside the city are affecting the soil, after residents expressed concern over their safety.
The quarry operations are being carried out at the 7th mile near residential areas such as Taman Mei Lee, Taman Wai Leong, Taman Sentosa and Sentosa Height.
Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the residents feared that the operations could affect the soil and trigger a mishap.
Chong, who is also the also the Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii had raised the matter in the Dewan Rakyat in April.
Although it was later discovered that the quarry operations fell under the jurisdiction of the state government, Putrajaya could write to the Sarawak Land and Survey Department as well as the urban development and natural resources ministry to request a detailed soil study,” he told a press conference here today.
Chong said it was not reasonable to argue that the quarry operations were already taking place when the residential areas were developed.
“A number of poultry farms had been built near the city but once a development was planned, the farms would be told to relocate,” he said.
Yii had said the residents had expressed concern over their safety, especially among children and senior citizens, as the quarry was just an estimated 250m from Taman Mei Lee.
He said that in December 2008, a rock had landed in the area, causing damage to two houses, and residents would occasionally experience tremors because of blasting at the quarry.
“Based on the ministry’s specification, the buffer safe zone between a quarry and residential area should be more than 600m,” Yii said.