Rattled by nearby project

Calling for action: Affected residents protesting against the three-storey project (seen in background) at Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam. With them is Subbarow (left).

SEVERAL folk in Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, are blaming cracks appearing in the walls of their houses on the ongoing three-storey project near their homes.

They staged a peaceful protest at the site, claiming the cracks became visible in their single-storey terrace houses after the project commenced in April.

Ten home owners who claimed to have been affected want the developer to compensate them with RM35,000 each.

Civil servant Zainab Said, 52, claimed vibrations could be felt whenever there was piling work.

“It is a major worry and we discussed the matter with the developer and project engineer. The developer’s insurance representative was also present but nothing came out of the meeting,” she said yesterday.

“Construction goes on till late at night and the incessant noise from the construction site is a bane.”

Kindergarten teacher V. Cogile-wanee, 36, expressed worries over the lack of safety at the project.

“It is located close to my house and I am worried as things might drop on my children. Construction workers are always throwing things down from the top.”

She said that besides the cracks in her walls, her back door could no longer close properly as the alignment had tilted.

“Drains are now clogged with debris, causing flash floods whenever it rains,” she alleged.

Chong Chon Men, 50, a clerk, said he complained to the project contractor when he first noticed the cracks.

“The contractor promised to do the necessary but so far, nothing! There is also dust and noise,” he said.

Consumers Association of Penang education officer N.V. Subbarow, who was also present, urged the Seberang Prai Municipal Council to issue a stop-work order.

“The residents lodged a complaint with the council last August but till now, no action has been taken.

“There are cracks in 10 houses. Residents are also complaining that their TV and phone signals are interrupted by the project,” he said.

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