Shah Alam City Council: Errant contractors face termination

Motorists have had to put up with bad congestion at the roundabout in Kota Kemuning, caused by upgrading works. — S.S. KANESAN/The Star

CONTRACTORS who fail to adhere to project timelines in the Kota Kemuning road-widening project risk having their contracts terminated.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) issued the stern warning following delays in the road widening project at the first roundabout in Kota Kemuning.

MBSA engineering director Cheremi Tarman said the city council had been monitoring the progress of the project along Persiaran Anggerik Mokara and was disappointed with the contractors.

He said they issued the warning letter last week after the contractors failed to follow through on the designated timeline.

“Initially the works stopped as they found underground pipes and cables that needed to be relocated by utility companies. As soon as that was cleared, we expected work to speed up,” Cheremi said, adding that this did not happen.

He said the contractors would be given two weeks to meet the city council’s deadline, failing which they will be terminated.

The council’s decision was also prompted by the number of complaints by residents on social media.

On Monday, there was a massive crawl caused by a badly patched pothole along the route.

Facebook user Toh Leong Hoe posted a message on the Kota Kemuning community page questioning the reason for the delay.

“It took me half an hour instead of 10 minutes from Kemuning Utama to my office opposite the Hero Market in Kota Kemuning,” he added.

Toh, along with other Facebook users, lodged a complaint on the MBSA website.

His message garnered a lot of response from other motorists who complained about the congestion and lack of action by the city council.

JJ Tam said the works brought traffic to a near standstill while Jay Lee said the congestion wasted about 15 minutes of commuters’ time every day.

Lee said the traffic build-up was caused by the bad patch-up, forcing cars to slow down.

Following the post, MBSA ordered the road to be re-patched that very night.

FB users later posted that traffic had improved slightly on Tuesday once the road condition improved.

The widening works at the roundabout are part of a traffic dispersal project to ease congestion in the growing township.

For package one of Phase 1, which cost RM5mil, the roads will be expanded from two to three lanes; and the slip roads at the roundabout will be upgraded, so road users can use them instead of having to go through the Kota Kemuning roundabout.

Package two, costing RM15mil, will see the construction of an access road from Persiaran Anggerik Mokara to the Kesas Highway, to ease traffic congestion from Kota Kemuning to Kesas and the LKSA (Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway). In total, Phase 1 of the project will cost MBSA RM20mil.

There have been a number of delays for the long-awaited traffic dispersal plan for the Kota Kemuning township that has suffered from bad congestion at the roundabout during peak hours.

Residents have been waiting for a flyover along the main Persiaran Anggerik Mokara that was promised to them as part of the sales pitch when the development was coming up.

The flyover from Persiaran Mokara into Persiaran Anggerik Malaxis was initially part of the Kota Kemuning master plan but was not included in the draft plan.

Residents have been lobbying for it to be built for many years after traffic at Persiaran Anggerik Mokara increased.

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