LOCAL Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow has come under fire over the delay in the upgrading of the ‘four-legged’ overhead pedestrian bridge at an intersection near Komtar in Penang.
Gerakan’s Padang Kota constituency coordinator H’ng Khoon Leng said the upgrade, which started in February 2015, was supposed to have been completed within nine months to a year.
“But till now, it has yet to be completed and it has already been two years and three months since the upgrade started.
“From what we can see, only two of the pedestrian bridge’s legs are completed. When will the rest be done?” he asked during a visit to the project site.
H’ng urged Chow to inform Penangites when would the pedestrian bridge be ready.
He told the state government to stop its habitual delays in council-linked projects and not to repeat the same delays for projects such as Chowrasta Market and the ‘Kancil car park’.
When contacted, Chow said the appointed contractor was committed to finishing the upgrading by August.
“The Penang Island City Council will review procedures to tighten control on the upgrading.
“Among the problems faced at the upgrading are issues in transferring the utility cables and the theft lift cables which have been installed,” he said in a WhatsApp message.
Built in 1993, the structure has been dubbed the “octopus” or “spider” pedestrian bridge by Penangites.
It was reported that the upgraded bridge at the Penang Road-Burmah Road-Dr Lim Chwee Leong Road junction would have escalators and lifts for the elderly and disabled.
The RM6mil project was sponsored by Syarikat Ensignia Construction Sdn Bhd, which would get a 25-year contract to lease out advertisement space on the bridge subject to conditions imposed by the council.
Also present at the press conference was Komtar MCA task force chief Tan Hing Teik.