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by elan perumal AND stuart michaelphotos by elan perumal
Road to nowhere : Phase 3A at Jalan Kurau 1 in Seremban is progressing slowly but Phase 2 of the Seremban Middle Ring Road is still not completed causing concern among motorists and residents.
A PROLONGED delay in the completion of the Seremban Middle Ring Road (MRRS) has become a major cause for concern among residents in the town.
The project, costing more than RM500mil and carried out in several phases, with each phase covering two stages, has hit some snags and the people want some answers.
The MRRS, once completed, will link the town to the Lekas Highway, with the first phase which started in 2004 connecting the completed Rasah-Bukit Tembok stretch.
However, the second phase, Phase 2A that links Taman Bidara to the Rasah Interchange has yet to be completed.
The phase, which started in 2008, came to a halt in 2010 and resumed a year ago. It is estimated that only about 70% of the work has been completed so far.
During a check, a StarMetro team found that the deadline for the completion of the project had been repeatedly changed.
The contractor had also replaced the notice boards with details on the ongoing construction work several times, when they were unable to meet the stated deadlines.
Residents claim that work on Phase 2 has been going on at a slow pace for the past two years.
Checks at the site also showed ongoing construction works in several areas, including Bukit Chedang, Taman Permai and near the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital.
The link from SM King George V (KGV) and the Bukit Tembok junctions, leading to Kuala Pilah via the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital, has not been completed and ongoing road works are causing a mess in these areas.
Despite making various changes to the traffic routes to facilitate construction work for the project, the Chedang interchange has yet to be built and the new date given for the completion of the link is January next year.
Meanwhile, only one side of the bridge to link Seremban 2 to Rasah New Village has been partially completed, while there is no sign of construction work on the other side.
Residents said the situation was forcing motorists heading to Rasah New Village and the town centre from Seremban 2, Bukit Chedang, Senawang and Kuala Pilah to drive to the Bukit Chedang roundabout and make two U-turns to reach their destinations.
“I have seen work taking place, using heavy machinery, but the project is taking too long to be completed.
“The progress rate reached about 60% about two years ago and now, after so long, has recorded an increase of only 10%,’’ said Bukit Kepayang assemblyman Cha Kee Chin.
Cha said the state Public Works Department (PWD) had briefed the Negri Sembilan state assembly that the delay was due to some
The assemblyman said such an explanation was hard to accept, especially by taxpayers who were facing the inconveniences.
“The delay in the completion of Phase 2A and 2B is causing massive traffic congestion in the town. It is choked with traffic during peak hours and festive seasons,’’ he said, adding that motorists were fed-up with the situation and wanted the problem resolved fast.
To make matters worse, work on Phase 3 has also started and residents are puzzled as to why the same contractor, Konsortium Temokin Vila-Jelas JV Sdn Bhd (KTVJSB), has been awarded the contract to complete the entire MRRS project.
Phase 3 of the project includes the three interchanges at Chedang, Tuanku Jaafar Hospital and KGV.
Strangely, Cha said construction work on Phase 3 was going on at a rapid pace and may even be completed before Phase 2.
Retired teacher Sukhdev Bakan Singh, 73, from Bukit Tembok, said the ongoing construction work was an inconvenience and was tiring the people.
He said it was madness driving in town during peak hours and on Saturday evenings due to the congestion.
“Traffic is literally at a standstill everywhere, especially at major junctions, due to the ongoing construction work,’’ he said
Another resident, C.K. Lee, 48, from
Seremban 2, hoped the project would be completed soon.
“It has dragged on for far too long,” he said, adding that residents should also be kept informed about the progress and not be left in
An official from PWD said Phase 3A would be completed in November.
He said the project, taking shape near Kemayan Square, was going according to schedule while Phase 2B would be completed by the middle of next year.
He said it was being carried out in stages, depending on the allocation of funds from the Federal Government.
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