Repairs to replace broken railings at PPR flats to commence soon

The safety fencing put up in preparation of the remedial works.

The safety fencing put up in preparation of the remedial works.

Remedial works for the missing railings and grills at the PPR Kota Damansara flats will begin soon.

The decision was announced at a meeting with several residents of the flats and Perumahan Dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd (PHSSB) general manager Nazmi Osman earlier today.

Nazmi told residents that extra bars would be inserted in the existing railings to close the gaps and proper welding works would be done to secure it.

The estimated cost for the project is RM800,000 and the funds will be taken from the Selangor state government.

The residents, however, are unhappy the decision was made without consulting them.

Friends of Kota Damansara chairman Jeffrey Phang, who has been assisting the flat residents, said they wanted to discuss the new idea with their engineer first.

He said the notice was put up at the last minute yesterday, forcing many to forego the meeting.

"We have requested the drawings for the new railing works. However, PHSSB said they do not have the time to wait," he added.

In fact, residents were also irked that the safety fencing was put up in preparation of the remedial works without their knowledge.

Five-year-old Muhammad Zul Hazriq Danish Alden fell to his death through a gap in the railing at the sixth floor of the PPR on Jan 28. It was the second fatality at the low-cost flats. On June 21, 2013, another five-year-old boy, Tinesh Raj, fell from the 14th floor.