to come down piece by piece
The Star 23/1/2003 By ROSLINA MOHAMAD
Work to demolish 17 blocks of flats in
Indera Mahkota here, which had been declared unsafe following the
discovery of structural defects, will take about four months.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said yesterday that instead of using
explosives, the buildings would be ''dismantled and cut piece by piece.''
He said the consultant and contractor involved would meet residents living
nearby to explain the project and the safety aspects.
''The flats were built using pre-fabricated materials and the contractor
will study the building plan to find the most appropriate way to dismantle
and cut the buildings piece by piece,'' Adnan told reporters after
chairing a state exco meeting.
''Work will be much easier by applying such method as compared to using
explosives, implosion or wrecking balls as it will involve too much noise
and dust. ''
He said the project is expected to cost between RM2.5mil and RM2.6mil.
Adnan said the land might be turned into a commercial centre or recreation
The five-storey flats comprising 1,360 units and another 566 terrace
houses were completed in 1989 at a cost of RM36mil.
In July 1995, some 500 people from 80 families from one of the blocks were
evacuated at midnight after a supporting beam on the second floor
A subsequent check by the Public Works Department found structural defects
in the buildings.