SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government has identified a total of 230 critical slopes in the state, the state legislative assembly heard today.
Selangor exco for Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Illegal Factories Ean Yong Hian Wah said the relevant local councils have to take immediate action to properly maintain the sites.
He said Selayang Municipal Council recorded the highest number of critical slopes at 178, followed by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (16) and Petaling Jaya City Council (13).
The others were Ampang Jaya Municipal Council, which recorded nine critical slopes, Shah Alam City Council (four), Kajang Municipal Council (five), Klang Municipal Council (two), Sepang Municipal Council (one), and Kuala Selangor Municipal Council (one).
Yong, who is also Seri Kembangan assemblyman, said the local authorities were monitoring the risky areas in line with the methods recommended by the Public Works Department’s Slope Engineering Branch and geotechnical consultants.
“The local authorities are also working to strengthen their efforts and manpower at the respective councils’ engineering department (slope unit).”
Yong also said the local councils have no special allocations to carry out slope repair works.
“However, to overcome their financial constraints, they have used the allocation channeled to the Malaysian Road Record Information System (Marris) and the Improvement Service Fund (ISF) to carry out the repair works, besides obtaining loans from the state government.”
Yong said this reply to Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han, who wanted to know the number of critical slopes in the state and what action would be taken to address the issue.
ISF is used to improve basic amenities such as roads, while Marris is a system introduced by the federal government in 2000, which records all data on roads in all states.
Under Marris, the federal government allocates funds to every state to repair their roads every year, according to data registered in the system.
It is learnt that since 2012, Selangor received close to RM3 billion from the federal government under Marris.