Penang city council slaps stop-work order on resort owner

Penang city council slaps stop-work order on resort owner

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has issued a stop-work order yesterday to the owner of Lost Paradise Resort, halting any works at the retaining wall that collapsed and killed four people three days ago.

 “We have also lodged a police report on the matter,” said MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, at a press conference today.

The notice was issued under Section 70A of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 for earthworks.

The order states that the construction works conducted within the hotel compound was done without approval from MBPP and the landowner must immediately stop all activity at the site to ensure it was safe and not hazardous to people, the environment, and surrounding property.

The resort owner was also ordered to hoard up the area around the site of the collapse.

“The landowner is also required to submit plans for remedial works and a method statement on the proposed repairs through a registered consultant engineer within 30 days from the date of the notice,” reads the notice.

In addition, the landowner was also reminded that all works must be conducted with approval from the city council and the latter reserved the right to conduct any works on the site for public safety and all costs will be billed to the landowner.

On Tuesday, the retaining wall being built illegally on a slope between the resort ground and main road above it collapsed, killing for Myanmar workers.

On related matter, Yew said the one lane on Jalan Batu Ferringhi was still closed to traffic to allow for mitigation and repair works on the road that was damaged due to the wall collapse.

He said the council is still working with the Road Transport Department (RTD) on the mitigation works for the road and slope.

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