'Sack contractor for tardy work on UKM-Kajang link road'

JKR says work on the road will finally wrap up on June 30.

BANGI assemblyman Mohd Shafie Ngah is disappointed over the delay of works by the Selangor Public Works Department (JKR) to upgrade the Jalan Reko-UKM-Jenderam junction.

“The 5.5km road project has taken too long, causing severe traffic disruption to road users who have put up with it since 2013.

“This is the main road for those going to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Pekan Bangi from Kajang and there are many high-density developments in the area, adding to the congestion,” he said in a press statement.

He added that the situation was worse after dark as there were no streetlights on the curvy road that also had a lot of barriers and detours.

“I understand that six failure notices were issued to the contractor, yet there has been no improvement and they have not picked up the pace.

“If the excuses are land acquisition and relocation of utilities, these have been resolved.

“I urge the Selangor government to take action against the contractor by terminating its contract and blacklisting it. Residents and road users are fed up with the poor road conditions,” he said.

When contacted by StarMetro, JKR said the delay was caused by land acquisition issues that required some time to resolve.

“The lots involved include plots of land owned by UKM and private owners. As the project includes works to upgrade existing roads, there are existing utilities along the road that need to be relocated.

The utility companies involved are TM, Syabas and TNB.

“Both issues have been resolved and the project is expected to be completed by June 30.”

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