Mitigation At Erosion-Hit Bukit Botak To Be Completed In June

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GEORGETOWN – Mitigation work at Bukit Relau that has suffered serious soil erosion due to excessive land clearing in mid-2013 is expected to be completed in June this year, according to geotechnical engineer Khoo Koon Tai.

He said the work on the lots at the hill, also known as Bukit Botak, had reached 60 per cent completion.

The lower part of the hill slope will be planted with grass under the hydroseeding process with the addition of fibre mat for effective growth while the upper section would be planted with trees, he told reporters after visiting the site today.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow, Datuk Bandar of Penang Island City Council (MBPP) Datuk Patahiyah Ismail, General Accomplishment Sdn Bhd (GASB) project manager Razif Ahmad and representatives of several NGOs also visited the site.

Khoo said that once the mitigation was completed, the whole hill would be greener and the chances of soil erosion would be reduced to the minimum any development was undertaken.

The mitigation work was underway on a lot belonging to GASB. At other lots, mitigation work had been almost completed. The whole mitigation process costs about RM50 million.

When asked whether any development would be undertaken in the area in the future, Khoo said: “When I proposed the mitigation to assist the civil engineer to come out with the plan, I did not consider future development in this area”.

Meanwhile, Chow said that currently there was no plan for development on the hill after the mitigation had been completed.

“The council and the state will not stop anyone from making any application to propose any sort of development,” he said. – BERNAMA