AFTER more than two years of waiting, residents of Block 5 of Salak South Garden Flat in Salak South, Kuala Lumpur, will see its lifts operational by end of the year.
Both lifts in the 12-storey building stopped working in early 2015, inconveniencing residents, majority of whom are senior citizens.
The lifts had been operating for more than 20 years without being reconditioned.
Seputeh MCA vice-chairman Banie Chin said the cost to replace one of the lifts will be borne by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) as a gesture of goodwill.
“The cost of replacing one set of lifts is RM439,000 and is expected to be completed in December,” he said during the announcement of the project.
The apartment block only has one set of lifts that services 144 units.
As a short-term solution, one of the lifts was repaired in December last year at a cost of RM100,000, as part of a private initiative by Seputeh MCA.
“The lift that was repaired is still in good working condition after the last upgrading. So, only the second lift will be replaced.
“The project will be implemented by the Public Works Department (JKR) and a contractor has already been appointed.
“We hope this would ease the burden of residents,” Chin said.
Also present during the event were Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Branch Services Department director Mohd Yunus Jalaludin and DBKL Seputeh branch office area manager Abdul Syatar Abdul Halim as well as KPKT and JKR representatives.