THE replacement of piping and refurbishment of the Pandamaran Swimming Pool in Port Klang is expected to cost RM1mil, based on preliminary estimates.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) secretary Adi Faizal Ahmad Tarmizi said the council’s Engineering Department had carried out a preliminary assessment on the pipes and found they were in dire need of replacement and the facilities also needed to be refurbished.
“Our initial estimate to change the aging pipes and refurbish the various components comes up to RM1mil.
“Replacing the corroded pipes is crucial due to frequent leaks that occur underground.
“Minor repairs have been done but the leaks recur, so it is better to change the pipes,” he said.
According to an officer, MPK councillors would be briefed on the allocation at a full board meeting and it is expected to be controversial, coming at a time when government departments are facing cuts as a result of the state’s austerity drive.
The work will include replacing pipes, pumps, cement works to the pool and electrical cabling.
Adi Faizal added that the preliminary assessment report would be handed to Selangor Sports Council (MSS) which will enlist the help of Selangor Swimming Association to carry out its own assesment to see if additional repairs are needed.
“Our tentative agreement with MSS is to hand over the management of the pool and facilities within it.
“MPK does not have the know-how to operate the swimming pool and we feel it is better for MSN to manage this leisure facility,” he said.
“Contractors will be identified soon and work will begin in mid-February,” he added.
Sportsman and secondary school teacher Mohd Azlan Aziz said the municipality can allow MSS and Selangor Swimming Association to run the operations of the pool but MPK must have a swimming committee where coaches from Klang schools are represented.
“We need to have such representation to be able to scout new swimming talents that can represent Selangor and the country,” he added.
MPK corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said the municipality wants the swimming pool to be operational by the first week of May.
She added that the swimming pool was closed on Aug 12 after financial losses hit RM625,000 over seven months last year.
MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin had ordered the closure of the swimming pool with the aim of carrying out pipe repairs that were blamed for skyrocketing maintenance costs.
On Nov 1, 2016, StarMetro reported the closure of the swimming pool after information emerged that MPK had lost about RM1.5mil operating the swimming pool over the past three years.
The swimming pool was built in 1993 at a cost of RM9.2mil and in 2015, a total of 70,000 people, including 33,000 children, used the pool.
From January to July 2016, 27,797 people including 13,103 children used the swimming pool.