KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will replace four old water tanks at Taman Bukit Cheras Block 1 and 3 Apartment in the city as it puts the safety of residents at risk.
This follows a report by a Malay daily that highlighted the rusty, leaking and perforated water tanks due to erosion located at the top of the two apartment blocks.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, who went on a site visit with a group of DBKL officers, decided to replace the water tanks despite the repairs being solely the responsibility of the apartment’s Management Corporation (MC).
“DBKL should not be responsible for the repairs as the owners have their own strata title for the apartment units.
“However, since the safety of the residents is at stake here, we will replace the tanks.
“It is expected to cost RM400,000 and the work will be completed within three months.
“Consider this as part of a corporate social responsibility programme of DBKL where we give back to the community as we have some allocation from social contributions.
“I hope the Housing and Local Government Ministry can also help the residents since the poor conditions here have been highlighted,” he said.
While the work is being carried out, there will be no water supply disruption for the residents’ as a bypass will be in place.
Apartment MC president Poon Yoke Teng said the maintenance funds collected was not enough to pay for the repairs as it was only sufficient for basic maintenance of the building.
“We noticed the leak and the condition of the water tank five years ago but we could not afford the repairs.
“Right now, only about 50% of the unit owners have paid the maintenance fees.
“However, the situation has improved compared to previous years when only 20% paid maintenance fees.
“The money was used to settle debts with several utility companies,” she said, thanking DBKL for agreeing to pay for the new tanks and construction work.