JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) had to fork out over RM2mil each year to maintain public facilities.
Mayor Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamed Dewam said vandalism was the main challenge faced by the council to carry out maintenance.
“Among the issues raised include stolen pipes, broken fences as well as graffiti at the food courts and futsal courts which cost the council to spend about RM83,000 to fix it.
“Meanwhile, some RM400,000 had also been allocated to replace the sewerage plant tools and manhole covers that were stolen,” he said during a full council meeting here.
Abdul Rahman added RM1.6mil was spent each year for signboard maintenance and improvements to facilities for Unit Tindakan Cepat (UTC).
He urged the public to give full cooperation to curd the problems.
In a separate matter, Abdul Rahman said that the council would relocate some 22 mobile traders from Dataran Bandaraya to two different locations in August.
Abdul Rahman said that the move was aimed at solving traffic congestion.
“Some 15 mobile traders will be relocated at Jalan Syed Mufti or known as JB bazar 2 while the other seven mobile traders will be placed in Bandar Baru Uda (near RHB Bank).
“Notices have been distributed to those affected early May. This is to give them enough time to prepare for the relocation,” he said.
He added that street lights worth RM20,000 would also be installed to attract buyers to the two areas.
“The mobile traders would start their new business on Aug 1,” he said
He also said that they are aware that those businesses were among the attractions for tourists and the locals but the move have to be done after analysing the suitable areas and other factors affected.