LRT extension project in Puchong has caused various damage in the area, says MP

Flood hazard: Large concrete blocks in a monsoon drain near the construction site.

THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) should issue a stop-work order on the contractor for the LRT extension project in its area if the damage to roads and drainage are not repaired, said Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.

“We cannot allow them to carry on if they do not take care of the surroundings and safety of the people.

“We do not want them to merely patch the potholes as it does not solve the problem. The roads must be repaired.

“The malfunctioning street lights are also because of the construction at the project sites,” he said.

MRCB is working on the Ampang Line LRT extension stations around Puchong, while Bina Puri is working on the Bukit Jalil station on the Ampang Line.

“MRCB had promised to keep the site clean; it is dangerous when mud overflows onto the road as this can lead to accidents,” said Gobind to reporters during a visit to the Ampang LRT line on Tuesday.

Also present at the site visit were Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han and Seri Serdang assemblyman Noor Hanim Ismail.

Among the problems they saw were damaged roads with potholes, lack of cleanliness, clogged drainage, as well as broken sidewalks and street lights.

Gobind added that one of the badly affected areas was Puchong Batu 12, as the drains there were damaged and clogged up as a result of the construction works.

This had been the major cause for flooding in the area when water levels rose up to 1.5m-high damaging the furniture and wooden houses.

Ng said stagnant water in the blocked drains and in traffic cones were potential mosquito breeding grounds.

“As elected representatives, we receive various complaints every morning with some likening the roads in Puchong to ‘war zones’.

“I feel sufficient time has been given by MPSJ and now we want to see action as this has been a problem for at least six months,” he said.

Noor Hanim expected immediate action on the issues and hoped it would become a reality in the near future.

MPSJ engineering department director Rosli Mohd Yunus said the council would discuss the results and provide its response within the next week.

The MRCB representative said the necessary repairs could not be done during the period provided.

MRCB and Bina Puri were given a few days to come up with a viable plan to fix the issues.

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