PLANS to refurbish the Pandamaran Swimming Pool in Port Klang have been stalled for seven months.
A major upgrade was originally scheduled for October last year but it was shelved, angering families living in Panda-maran New Village, Kampung Raja Uda and Klang school students who used the public pool for recreational purposes and to train for swimming competitions.
On Jan 21, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) secretary Adi Faizal Ahmad Tarmizi said replacement of pipes and refurbishment on the swimming pool would start in mid-February.
Selangor MCA publicity bureau deputy chief Datuk Tan Bok Koon said work on the swimming pool had yet to begin and he did not think it was likely to start before Hari Raya in June.
“The majority of people who live or go to school around here are upset that the local council is unable to get the pool reopened on schedule.
“Senior citizens who need swimming therapy and students are deprived using the swimming pool.
“Residents protested in September last year, for the pool to be repaired and reopened but there has been nothing done to expedite this matter,” he said.
“Selangor MCA urges MPK to be transparent on this issue and give a definitive time frame for the works at the swimming pool,” added Tan, who is Klang People’s Representative Committee (Zone 26) that covers Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Bandar Botanic and Pandamaran.
Adi Faizal earlier said the council’s Engineering Depart-ment carried out a preliminary assessment on the ageing pipes and found them leaking.
It was reported that it would cost RM1mil to replace the pipes.
StarMetro asked MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin about the delay, to which he said “the concern is the price tag”.
“The tender for refurbishment works was approved on March 24 and the contractor hired would start work soon.
“But the electrical and water pump tender will take some time,” he said.
He said MPK would get the Selangor Sports Council to engage a consultant to advise on the right water pumps to instal, adding that MPK would try to keep the bill for the entire project to a maximum RM700,000.
Mohamad Yasid said MPK would inform the public via the website when the pool reopened.
The swimming pool was built in 1993 at a cost of RM9.2mil.