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Friday August 23, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by ivan loh
The traffic flow along Jalan Kuala Kangsar, near Taman Klebang Jaya, Chemor, is heavy and accidents occur regularly.
HAVING seen countless accidents occuring outside his home, Taman Klebang Jaya resident Tai Mook Wai is worried that his friends and family could be one of the statistics.
The 55-year-old former welder, whose house is situated near the intersection along Jalan Kuala Kangsar in Ipoh where two traffic lights were supposed to be erected earlier this month, said he had been living there for over 10 years and accidents occurred regularly.
“There could be about three to four accidents here every month.
“Some of these accidents are minor but some are serious where people have been killed or their limbs broken,” he said.
“One of my relatives visit me and my family regularly and having seen many traffic accidents there, I sometimes worry for them,” he said when met at the residential area on Tuesday.
“The residents here hope the two traffic lights could be put up as soon as possible,” he added.
Concurring with Tai, businesswoman T. Hinthumathi, 25, said she was involved in a minor accident there and hoped that the traffic light could be installed immediately.
“It happened last year when a car knocked into my motorcycle. I was lucky to have escaped with just a leg injury.
“There is an urgent need for the traffic lights to be put up soon,” she said.
“I am confident that accidents could be reduced with the traffic light,” she added.
Hinthumathi noted that only the posts of the traffic lights have been put up but were not functioning.
“I think the authorities erected the post in the last few months. The lights have yet to be installed,” she said.
Former army personnel Sharani Ibrahim, 58, said the traffic along the road was quite heavy.
“A lot of vehicles ply the road here, especially huge lorries and trucks and during the morning and evening rush hours,” he said.
“With the lights, traffic flow can be regulated and vehicles would slow down near traffic junctions,” he added.
Bercham PSM branch member R. Babu, who raised the matter with the state Public Works Department (JKR), said the traffic light project was supposed to be completed on Aug 19.
Babu said the contractor of the traffic light project had not been paid by the developer, which was estimated to cost about RM77,000.
“To avoid the delay of the construction of the traffic light, the JKR should have an emergency fund to complete the project from being held up.
“The faster the traffic lights are installed, the faster we can prevent more accidents from happening, which is of utmost importance,” he said, adding that JKR could then make claims from the respective developer.
“We hope the JKR would urge the contractor and developer to hasten the installations of the traffic lights,” he added.
When contacted, state JKR director Datuk Dr Safry Kamal Ahmad said the project to install the traffic lights had started earlier this week.
Dr Safry said a tender was called for prior to appointing a contractor.
“Work to install the traffic lights are ongoing and is expected to be completed in September,” he said.
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