By Jerry Choong
SHAH ALAM, Jan 26 — The Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has taken immediate steps to address the partial collapse of a drain’s bank in Seri Kembangan after it occurred yesterday evening.
In a statement, it said 150-metre temporary 12-foot sheet piles have been embedded into the 9-metre collapse, along Jalan LP1A/2 in Lestari Perdana, to avoid the situation from worsening.
“The installation process began at 1am today, and is expected to take seven days before proper repair works can be carried out.
“The council is identifying the cause of the drain bank’s structural collapse, and will hold discussions and comprehensive studies with the relevant agencies, including Kumpulan Ikram Engineering Services Sdn Bhd in the nearest future,” said MBSJ, adding the full repairs on the drain is expected to be completed within three months.
As a result of the collapse, 17 commercial premises at the site of the incident have been ordered to cease operations and evacuate the premise as a safety precaution.
“24-hour control by the Serdang police district headquarters, together with the Petaling Zone Fire and Rescue, enforcement personnel, and MBSJ’s Special Action Squad (Pantas) team has been underway since yesterday.
“The site will be monitored for any ground movement, should there be a repeat which could be dangerous. The public is prohibited from entering the area, and premise owners who wish to do so must report to the police control post in the vicinity,” it said.
At 8am this morning, Petaling district officer Datuk Johary Anuar, Subang Jaya deputy mayor Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali, MBSJ Engineering Department director Rosli Yunus, Serdang district police ACP A.A Anbalagan, and Selangor Fire and Rescue director Norazam Khamis visited the site of the collapse to monitor the ongoing bank repair works.
The public is advised to be constantly vigilant, and make an immediate report if the need arises via MBSJ’s Public Complaints or its Call Centre (Command Center) at 03 80247700.
A 20-second clip of the collapse went viral yesterday, which showed several people near the drain’s bank, who quickly ran as the side collapsed into the drain, taking several vehicles parked nearby along with it.