Sewerage issues delay school’s opening

Ramakrishnan (in white shirt) during a visit to SJKT Bandar Seri Alam in Pasir Gudang, Johor. — ZAZALI MUSA/The Star

PASIR GUDANG: The lack of sewerage services and water supply issues have delayed the opening of a new RM19.5mil Tamil school in Bandar Seri Alam.

Johor unity, domestic trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan has given the Pasir Gudang District Education office (PPDPG) and the school contractor until the end of the month to resolve the problems facing SJKT Bandar Seri Alam.

He said both parties must meet up with sewerage services provider Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) and the sole licensee for water treatment and distribution in Johor, Ranhill SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd.

“Work on the school complex has already been completed but there are problems with the sewerage services and water supply,’’ Ramakrishnan said when met during a site visit to the school.

He said failing to solve the problems would further delay the opening of SJKT Bandar Seri Alam, which was supposed to be operational in January this year.

Ramakrishnan said work on the Tamil school with 18 classrooms to accommodate 400 pupils started on Aug 8, 2017.

“The relevant authorities are unable to issue a certificate of fitness to the school if we fail to solve the problems concerning IWK and Ranhill SAJ,” he said.

Ramakrishnan said the coordinator of the school has been appointed to handle the student enrolment, adding that some 300 pupils have registered to enrol in the school.

“We cannot afford any more delays as the school has to open by January next year or else the registered pupils have to go to other Tamil schools,” he said.

Ramakrishnan said failure to resolve the issue would cause unnecessary anxiety not only for the pupils but also their parents as most of them live between three and five kilometres from the school.

He said there was a need to build Tamil schools in residential housing areas as many Indian families have relocated from estates to urban and new growth areas.

Ramakrishnan said apart from SJKT Bandar Seri Alam, SJKT Tajol would also open next January to cater for pupils from Kota Tinggi district.
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