TNB to continue construction of Cheras Mahkota power line

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) will continue with the construction of a 275kv transmission line through Cheras Mahkota and will consider the suggestions by infrastructure solutions provider, Ikram.

Rozimi Remeli, the Vice President of TNB’s Transmission Division said the that construction will further strengthen the slope, ensuring that the location of the pylons would not pose a safety threat.

Rozimi said that TNB will comply to the suggestions made by Ikram, which include reinforcing the slope to meet the stable slope requirement of 1.4, ensuring the pylons’ foundation is to sit in caisson pile, improving soil and drainage and conducting regular maintenance.

He said Ikram will be appointed as the observer of the project.

“The decision (to carry on with the original route) has also been endorsed by the Selangor state government last Friday,” he said at a media briefing at the TNB headquarters this morning.

The project which started in December 2008 and scheduled to be completed in 2010 was hampered by protests led by Cheras Hartamas and Taman Bukit Segar 2 & 3 residents on the grounds that it was too close to their homes and the project sat on an erosion-prone area.

The protest then forced TNB to halt the construction.

Power line below allowable standard

On the issue of close proximity to houses, Ikram senior geologist Asmawi Mazran said that the World Health Organisation Guidelines set the exposure limit to energy fields at 1000 milligaus (mG).

“If we are constantly exposed to 1000 mG energy fields, then we will subject to higher risk of cancer,”

“But in this case the pylon is only 30 mG,” he said.

Rozimi also said that the residents’ houses are beyond the TNB reserve land, which is supposedly safe.

Meanwhile, Teratai assemblywoman Jenice Lee clarified that the pylons will be built on top of the slope.

“The tower will then go into the jungle reserve. Then entire route is not exactly very close to the homes,” she said through a phone conversation.

“However, I hope TNB can hold a briefing session to explain the matter to the residents,” she said.

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