‘Development’ gone crazy: ‘Concrete’ proof water gushed down next to tower project

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Imagine your home in a quiet neighbourhood, the last house along a street which ends near some hilly land.

Then one fine day, you wake up to find a 35-storey tower, in a project of over 500 homes, under construction next door, day by day mushrooming into the sky. The above is the scene that greets you when you step out of your front door into the porch now. You have to look up to the sky to see the top of that building. Too close for comfort. (This is what happens when the Penang Island Local Plan is ‘missing in action’.)

Ground work begins in 2011 and construction starts a year later. In January 2013, the first sign of trouble: a wall at the project site collapses.

Then comes the real nightmare on the night of 4-5 November 2017, when the heavens open and rain pelts down. By 1am, the floods arrive next to your house, held back by a wall. Minutes later, the water level swells to four feet behind the wall, before smashing through it.

Massive waves inundate the premises until 1.47am, swamping the area with two to three feet of water. The front gates are flung open by the sheer force of the current.

Outside, the road turns into a raging river, torrents of water rushing down the street.

Check out the structure (below) being built into the hill-side (part of the same project above).

What is the gradient of those slopes? You tell me.

Another case of building on ‘flat land’, eh? (winks)

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So for this household, there is no doubt where the flood waters came from.

Meanwhile, Penang Forum has produced this graphic, which shows you the main river basins in Penang. It would be worth our while to study it to see how, unlike the floods in mainland Penang, in George Town and the rest of the island, it appeared as if someone had poured teh tarik over the city.

Still have any lingering doubts over the origin of the thick layer of mud we witnessed in the recent floods?

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SL Tay
SL Tay

The Zen, an upcoming condominium development by Asia Green at Bayan Mutiara. It is located next to Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Expressway, just a short drive away from the ongoing Penang World City township development by Tropicana Ivory.

Jerome
Jerome

According to this latest report on Oriental Daily, 51 property development, mostly condominium, in Penang has dropped in price between 2.1 to 14.1% in the last one year.

http://www.orientaldaily.com.my/s/223017

Example:
– The Oasis (down 14.1%)
– Taman Impian Indah terrace (down 13.1%)
– Shineville Park Condo (down 11.4%)
– Penang Time Square Birch Regency (down 9.5%)

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek

Farmers from Andhra Pradesh draw lessons from Singapore’s urban landscape

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/farmers-andhra-pradesh-draw-lessons-spores-urban-landscape

The consistent presence of greenery found alongside concrete buildings in Singapore, and the buzz of a mall, were what caught the attention of farmers from the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.

Mr Kalyan Chakravarthi Polu, 28, is hoping to build apartments and malls back home. If he does, he wants to incorporate greenery to beautify the surroundings, just as it is done in Singapore. He is also here to learn how to implement systems related to waste management and drainage techniques, among other things.

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek

Why not engage a lawyer to sue the developer, if indeed damage is done in your neighbourhood?

P Bhaskaran
P Bhaskaran

Agree, no need to complain but no action. Unless you have no case.

tunglang
tunglang

Sounds a lot like a developer!
Bad time, men!

Ken Yap
Ken Yap

Malim Jaya has been approved of a similar and even larger development on the hill DIRECTLY behind Miami Green, Batu Ferringhi, Penang! When will they see sense? When will ANY of them see sense?

Heng
Heng

If The Star carries this news, the condo prices go dipping! Good for genuine home seekers not home speculators.

tunglang
tunglang

Now we know why Star dares not report such news.
No more bookings of casual ads, no more business for Penang Property Wildebeest Stampede!
Btw, who cares as long as there’s money to super-profit from all these property frenzies led by CAT gomen.
Lives of Penangites are cheap until the balloting day.

Shriek
Shriek

Why not close down pg Hill funicular and move the airport to kedah or perak. If one look, airport occupies a major portion of flat ground which can be used for houses.
Inconvenience truth. Pg lang wants airport and hill to makan angin

Heng
Heng

Widely circulated in social media that Indian Scientists expect big calamity to happen in December. Now it appears the winds have shifted from Penang to Melbourne, while Gods of Bali unleashed My Agung’s fire and fury, a prelude to disasters aftermath of NKorea vs USA nuclear confrontation?

If you have video capture of paranormal images, you can strike $ as Ghost Adventurers can buy your videos.

tunglang
tunglang
I was at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Gelugor yesterday to tend to a vehicle breakdown. At a Malay food stall, 3 Malay elders confided their fears to me & my mechanic: “Lu Tahun Baru Cina akan susah nanti!” I asked them why & they said their God has given them a revelation of a natural calamity (bigger that Nov. 4th) to come upon us in Penang. Then my mechanic friend concurred the same saying since the first revelation came from a Hindu Deity followed by Chinese Deities, there were uneasiness esp. among those whose properties & business premises were flooded.… Read more »
Loke wai keng
Loke wai keng

Hi Tunglung not to add fear to you….all that is happening round the world was already mentioned in the Bible in the book of Revelation. This are signs that Jesus will return soon….don’t know it you believe but it is worth taking note

Shriek
Shriek

Try harder

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek

Christ the Redeemer in the Portugese Village in Melacca?

tunglang
tunglang

I believe but only that it may turn out to be a worldwide event which may take on an X-File version of Mulder’s “I Want To Believe”.
By then many religions may become extinct (in a flash) as the event may lead to a final revelation of who we actually are, who was or were our master creators or genetic experimenters.
For now, I will stick to my belief in Kuan Yin who has helped me a lot.

Shriek
Shriek

News reported Melbourne is going to have 3 months of rain within 2 days. Melbourne is frenzy building and developing must be faster than Sydney causing 3months of rainfall within 2 days?
Why Shenzhen which is a small village in the 70s suddenly become a major city today and bigger than klang Valley nothing happen?

Last article is expensive to see doc in hospital. Better follow ah pek. See medicine man and save money. No need to go to rumah sakit.

If no Susah, no worries. If Susah then must take immediate action

Shriek
Shriek

The Mp of Melbourne is from the greens. Why the green did not stop Melbourne from frenzy building? Pg forum should teach the green Mp.

Eric Kuek
Eric Kuek

Trains lines closed, roads underwater, flights cancelled and Melbourne residents SANDBAGGING their homes and businesses as ‘once in a generation’ storm slams Victoria with rain and floods.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5135311/amp/Chaos-Melbourne-generation-storm-slams-city.html

Shriek
Shriek

Who is working harder now? Susah coming!

tunglang
tunglang

Pls try harder, or else Deity will stop dedak!

tunglang
tunglang
Some will still say these are complaints, not harsh reality of our dire consequences of frenzied development. Pls go drink from the muddy river of teh tarik. See how it tastes. I was at my friend’s office in Trengganu Road which is haunted by spirits & ghosts. I used to watch the CCTV frames which has a night vision function (when the lights are switched off). In one room upstairs, I witnessed some paranormal activities (like white foot prints manifestation) months back. But the past few days, for the first time, I saw many orbs flying captured by the CCTV.… Read more »
Shriek
Shriek
Elementary Watson. The slope is steep. What do one expect is the rainfall is only 3mm as compare to 350mm falling on the hillslopes. 3 mm is only a spoonfull of rain and the speed is retarded by ground roughness. But when is over 350 mm rainfall, the depth of water overcome the roughness and is speed adios. Most things can be explained by science. Orso less volume of water, the distance spread is less than bigger volume of water. Volume = area X height. Larger height smaller area. Smaller height but larger area. How much sky juice drop that… Read more »
PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)
PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)
glissantia
glissantia

10-15 years ago, Star published a photo of houses built close to the slipway of Klang Gates dam.

Shriek
Shriek

No problem? . Long highway about half the length of penang can be built without EIA. Special privileges. But pg can’t.

Kah Seng

Previously: “These hill-cutting projects are not in my neighbourhood.”

Now – The rivers say: “They are.”

Shriek
Shriek

We have rivers and streams without water.

Heng
Heng

Choked with rubbish the river and stream cannot flow naturally, so justice flow being halted as well???

Kah Seng

Penang’s rivers (and sewers) are the great equalizers and transporters.

They bring your bedrooms next to the hill-cutting projects miles away upstream.

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