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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Road contractors told to repave driveway entrances and not charge owners

Left undone: Driveway entrances at certain houses in Klang have not been repaved but MPK said the council will do it soon.

Left undone: Driveway entrances at certain houses in Klang have not been repaved but MPK said the council will do it soon.

CONTRACTORS engaged to repave the neighbourhood roads have been warned not to solicit payment from houseowners the driveway entrance as the local councils have included it in the bill of quantities (BoQ).

Selangor Youth and Sports, Infrastructure and Public Facilities executive councillor Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi said his office had received numerous complaints about contractors not repaving the area outside the main gate.

There were complaints from residents who said they were asked by road contractors to pay between RM300 and RM380 for them to pave the pathway in front of the house gates.

Dr Ahmad said he had instructed all local authorities to print clearly in the BoQ for road contractors to repave the neighbourhood streets according to the requisite thickness and the work must include the driveway entrance.

“Contractors are given opportunities for business but the unethical behaviour of coercing houseowners to cough up RM300 to RM380 to repave the entrance to their homes cannot be tolerated. I have ordered all heads of local authorities to form a committee to supervise all roadworks,” he said.

He added that engineers in the local authorities must ensure that the BoQ document used in the tendering process itemised the requisite materials, labour, costs and repaving works.

A StarMetro report titled “The ride’s too bumpy” on March 10 addressed the issue of how the allocation from Federal Government’s Malaysian Road Records Information System (Marris) for road maintenance was being spent.

More than half a billion ringgit will be spent on improving Selangor’s roads this year but the cracked asphalt, potholes and uneven surfaces make Selangor residents wonder whether the money is being well-spent.

“Other than strict supervision on contractors and their workers, the local authorities must coordinate with utility companies and telecommunication firms to complete the roadworks before the asphalt resurfacing can be done,” said Dr Ahmad.

He pointed out that it was to prevent the situation where utility and telecommunication companies dug up roads to lay cables a month after the streets were resurfaced.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said the council would call for a meeting with district TNB, Telekom, Syabas and the Public Works Department to coordinate their cable works or streetlight installation to ensure roads were not dug up after repaving was done.

“On the repaving of driveway entrances, MPK senior engineer Mohd Nor Mahmud has included it in the BoQ and if the contract is not fulfilled, the contractor will be in violation of the contract and no fee will be paid until all works are made good.

“MPK has in total about RM50mil to repave the roads,” he said.

MPK is now resurfacing Taman Setia of Jalan Persiaran Raja Muda Musa after it was highlighted in StarMetro that the neighbourhood roads were crumbling and riddled with potholes.

Mohammad said complaints about driveway entrances along Jalan Jambu Bol off Jalan Teluk Pulai that were not repaved, would be dealt with next week.

“Klang residents deserve a council that holds itself to the highest ethical standard. Now that the BoQ spells out the work, it will bring contractors in line with the same ethics we expect from our staff and those supervising the roadworks,” he said.

He added that contractors must be more aware of their responsibility to fix road kerbs they had damaged in the course of their work and repave the roads properly.

Tags / Keywords: Utilities , Central Region , Transport Safety , Roads , Sate exco Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi

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