THE delayed sewerage project in Taman Beringin, Kepong will be expedited to be completed by the end of April next year, says Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Sdn Bhd.
Its senior project manager Muralitharan Anggamuthu said a new contractor was engaged to carry out upgrading of the sewerage facilities along Jalan Kapit.
“We need to meet new the deadline as residents have been inconvenienced by the construction for more than a year.
“One of the reasons for the delay is the bad soil condition in this section of Jalan Kapit.
“If we had carried out the work as per the original scope of work, settlement or even sinkholes could appear.
“As such, we are ensuring that any work carried out is in compliance with safety standards, including soil improvement, which will be done by the contractors.
“We need to ensure the safety of the public and stability of houses,” he said during a site visit to Jalan Kapit yesterday.
He said an additional cost of RM2mil, on top of the RM400mil allocated for the Jinjang Kepong area, would be borne by the main contractors.
“While we understand what the public is facing, we will do our best to fast-track this project without compromising on safety,” said Muralitharan, adding that reflective panels would be placed at the construction sites to alert motorists.
Also present at the site visit were representatives from IWK, Sewerage Services Department (JPP) and Kepong DAP.
StarMetro earlier reported that seven places in Taman Beringin were dug up for the sewerage upgrading project which caused the delay for over a year.
The situation is especially bad at the Jalan Kapit crossroad which is the main access road for residents.
Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping, who first highlighted the matter, suggested that notice boards with a new completion date be put up to inform residents.
IWK was appointed as the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) for the construction of sewerage facilities as part of the rationalisation of sewerage services under the Greater Kuala Lumpur Programme (GKL).
The RM2bil project which is funded by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry is estimated to be completed by 2020. The GKL project is under JPP’s purview.
In an earlier statement, IWK said as project owner, JPP appointed several contractors to carry out underground sewerage network installation and plant upgrade works.
Based on the original timeline, the work in Taman Beringin was supposed to have been completed in June 2017.