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NEW STRENGTH:City Hall builds up its Slope Forensic Unit with Kumpulan Ikram Sdn Bhd’s database system that can map out high-risk landslide areas
CITY Hall and Kumpulan Ikram Sdn Bhd inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acknowledge the appointment of the latter as the independent consultants for hill slope and related developments in the Federal Territory.
Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail and Kumpulan Ikram chairman Datuk Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Nor signed the MoU.
The document binds the agency to long-term and exclusive service to City Hall, which means it can no longer be hired by companies developing projects within the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
Ikram is also bound to work with the Public Works Department to investigate slope issues and technical problems related to hill and slope developments.
Fuad said the MoU was signed to augment City Hall's Slope Forensic Unit, which monitors and maintains high-risk slope areas. Ikram has developed a database system that would be useful to the city authority, he said.
City Hall would be able to tap into the new resource to take more preventive and safety measures such as maintenance and retention.
"The computerised system produces the Risk and Hazard Map, with mapping of soil risks or landslides. High-risk areas are highlighted to alert City Hall's Slope Forensic Unit to do the needful."
He said the map was charted by Ikram's site visits to investigate all hill slopes in the FT. Updates are fed into the system for City Hall to act on if necessary.
The system also works out "what-if" scenarios through geological assessment, rainfall, geometrical conditions which include the gradient, height, shape and slope dimension, drainage, floral profusion, soil conditions and soil absorption, and topographical features such as overall plot shape, waterfalls or cascades, rivers, streams, valleys and underground currents or water flow.
He said the system could, in the future, be accessed by the public to assess their respective land and slope conditions so that they can take precautionary and preventive measures if need be.