Bkt Gasing temple works a risk to public: Ikram
by Llew-Ann Phang
PETALING JAYA: The Public WorksInstitute (Ikram) has found the SivanTemple development on Bukit Gasing to be a risk to public safety and repair works are being carried out on its foundation.
The temple grounds is divided into two major areas of concern and Ikram has only completed its report on the first area.
Petaling Jaya City (MBPJ) councilor Derek Fernandez said after Ikram’s findings and recommendations, the developer has begun work to stabilize the grounds, including correcting the erosion.
“The MBPJ’s engineering department is heading this task to ensure that the people involved in the construction abide by the repair works and all that is necessary to ensure safety are completed accordingly.
“It’s on-going but it’s slow. We’re also looking into Ikram expanding its investigations into the second area to look into land stability and the stabilization methods,” he said.
“The costs for further investigations, however, would have to be borne by the temple authorities,” added Fernandez.
MBPJ and the temple authorities are still discussing the next course of action.
The 40-year-old site where renovation works were being carried out was once a shrine and it expanded into a moderate temple to an even larger temple complex.
The complex had originally been planned to occupy 1,400 sq m but the new site is estimated to be about four times, at 5,700 sq m.
The three-storey project, when completed, would accommodate 8,000 people and the construction of 36 meditation huts, among other attractions.
MBPJ issued a stop-work order the following day after the landslide, ordering the demolition of the extension of the construction but the order was ignored.
On Oct 18 last year, MBPJ issued yet another stop-work order on the renovation and extension work after councillors Fernandez and A. Thiruvenggadam voiced their concern about the development.
Amid their cries of concern for public safety, there were also questions on the land ownership and it was revealed that the land belonged to the state government.
Subsequently, MBPJ and the state government, particularly Selangor Health, Estates Workers, Poverty and Caring Government Committee chairman Dr A. Xavier Jeyakumar, who is also part of the state’s committee for non-Muslim religious affairs, have been working to resolve the issue.