INDAH Water Konsortium (IWK) Sdn Bhd has made a promise to residents to repair damaged houses as a result of a sewerage project in Jalan Kapit in Taman Beringin, Jinjang Utara, Kepong.
Its senior project manager Muralitharan Anggamuthu said repair work could not be done beforehand since the sewerage project, costing RM400mil, was still ongoing.
“Some of the houses need to be rehabilitated and repaired, and we will carry out the work,” he said, adding that IWK had also paved the road that was damaged due to pipe-jacking works.
He said IWK hoped the community would be happy with the new road and sewerage system.
“We want to pay back all the hardship faced by residents during the construction period,” he said, adding that accommodation would be provided for residents whose houses were badly damaged to enable IWK to carry out the repairs.
The sewerage project started in 2014 and was supposed to finish in 2018, but it was delayed for about two years due to poor soil conditions that caused the project to collapse.
It was later revived by a new contractor and the project was finally completed in June.
“We did not compromise on safety of the house owners, so we made sure that it was done according to professional standards of engineering, and has achieved the highest standard of acceptance by the government.
“We will ensure that the new sewerage system is beneficial to the community,” he said, mentioning that the sewage treatment plant in the area has now been centralised to the plant in Batu.
Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping lauded IWK for taking action and starting to fulfil its promise to repair the damage to the houses.
“Now that the project is completed, IWK conducted a survey and checked the damage such as the cracks on the walls.
“The damage will be repaired and the homes will be returned to normal condition,” he said.
Yee said the repair work would commence within the next two months.
Residents had complained about the sewerage project causing cracks on walls, floors to pop out, and water to leak from ceilings.
Some residents had moved into apartment buildings because they feared that their houses would collapse.
Also present at the site visit was IWK project director Mohd Faizal Abdul Aziz.
This story suggests that Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) will undertake reparation works and will pay for the cost of the project. However, that is not the case. Jabatan Perkhidmatan Pembetungan (JPP), the owner of the sewerage project in Jalan Kapit in Taman Beringin,
Jinjang Utara will oversee the reparation works.
In this project, IWK is only the project management consultant. IWK representatives had visited the houses and explained to the residents that the contractor, JAKS Sdn Bhd, will be the one to carry out reparation works on these houses.
The dilapidation surveyor was there to establish the cause of the damage. Based on the report produced by the surveyor, the contractor will repair the houses involved.
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