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Monday Oct 22, 2012

Property development threatens Amanzimtoti railway line

Twice daily inspections and sandbagging were some the measures the developers of an Amanzimtoti shopping centre have been ordered to take to ensure that the adjacent railway line - the link between the city and the southern areas - was not affected by flooding.

The issue was brought to court urgently last week by Metrorail, which blamed the construction of a massive Makro centre on the site, for renewed flooding, resulting in damage to the line and its temporary closure which affects thousands of commuters.

Metrorail wanted an interdict, stopping Arbour Town Pty Ltd, the developers of Arbour Crossing Mall and Galleria, from carrying on with construction, arguing that the situation was dire and would get worse with the heavy rains expected over the next few weeks.

However, the parties came to an agreement which was made an order of court.

The company has undertaken to do all remedial work necessary, including providing a continuous row of soil filled bags, three-high, along the full length of the Makro site which runs along Transnet's property.

It also has to remove all soil presently deposited on the line and adjacent land.

An engineer has been appointed and there are to be site inspections every morning and every evening to assess the impact of the sandbagging.

The company has also undertaken to build a retaining wall by no later than May next year.

The Mercury

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