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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Jittery over collapsed TNB wall

JOHN, who lives in Jalan Setiabudi, Damansara Heights, is unhappy with the inefficiency of Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) for not addressing the issue of a collapsed wall next to his home.

He said the TNB substation’s retaining wall next to his house collapsed for the first time six months ago, after heavy rain. He claims that nothing was done to address the issue, except for the installation of a temporary fence.

JOHN says the problem was finally addressed about a month ago, with the construction of a new retaining wall.

However, the new wall only lasted three days before collapsing again. But this latest incident had a more extensive effect — due to it falling across the drain and thus interrupting the flow of waste water.

As a result, the drain water overflows, especially during heavy rain. This has further caused soil around the drain to become waterlogged and has now caused a hole to appear at the base of the retaining wall at JOHN’s house.

Worried that the problem could worsen at any time, especially during the current rainy season, JOHN wonders just how long TNB would take to fix the problem this time round.

A SPOKESMAN for Tenaga Nasional Bhd says the firm is working closely with the contractor to repair the collapsed wall to ensure that the problem does not recur.
“Work to clear the collapsed wall alone will take three weeks. This will be followed by additional work to strengthen the base of the retaining wall, after which a new wall will be built,” she says.


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