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New access: Fadillah (right) looking at the newly opened Kuang Elevated Interchange System of the North-South Expressway after the launch. With him is Gamuda Berhad managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling.

New access: Fadillah (right) looking at the newly opened Kuang Elevated Interchange System of the North-South Expressway after the launch. With him is Gamuda Berhad managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling.

RAWANG: Hillslopes, federal roads and infrastructure affected by floods in the east coast will be constantly monitored to prevent any untoward incidents during the rainy season.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said a special team under the ministry will be on standby around the clock in case of emergencies.

“The Public Works Department is directly involved in monitoring not only slopes but also federal roads, highways and other infrastructure.

“If any of the areas is affected by floods, we will close the roads and provide proper signage to alternative routes,” he said after launching the Kuang Elevated Interchange System of the North-South Expressway (NSE) yesterday.

He was asked about the measures taken by the ministry in its flood management efforts.

Fadillah also said the ministry was prepared to assist the National Disaster Monitoring Agency with technical expertise and facilities under its purview.

“We are prepared to help transport food or help victims directly impacted by the floods,” he added.

On a separate matter, Fadillah said the ministry is still waiting for the full report on the collapse of an under-construction pedestrian bridge at KL Eco City, which killed a 21-year-old Vietnamese construction worker, near Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum last month.

“The site is still being investigated by the Human Resources Ministry’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health.

“Our internal experts have looked into the matter but a forensic test is needed to verify and support our earlier findings,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Kuang Elevated Interchange System of the NSE-Latar (Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway) is expected to benefit more than 230,000 people in the surrounding area, Fadillah noted.

He said the opening of the new 3.1km interchange, costing about RM30mil, will provide easier and faster access from Kuala Lumpur to Kundang as well as its surrounding vicinities in northern Selangor.

The project, he added, will reduce the distance and travel time between Kundang and Kuala Lumpur by about 10km or 15 minutes.

“The interchange will complement the Latar and North-South Express­way by providing an added impetus to the development of Kundang and the socio-economic status of its residents,” he said.

The project, constructed by TPPT Sdn Bhd in partnership with Gamuda Land, was developed based on a public-private partnership.

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