Highway builders reminded to observe safety guidelines

A stop-work order was issued at a SUKE construction site along the MRR2 following an incident where a concrete slab fell on a car on Sept 19. — Filepic

HIGHWAY developers in Ampang Jaya have been asked to adhere to strict safety guidelines and timelines following several traffic incidents related to construction projects recently.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said that as two ongoing highway projects -– the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) and East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) -– were being built in areas of high density and high traffic, it was vital that good construction practices were followed.

“I have recently met the concessionaires of the two projects for updates on the projects as well as the safety measures taken.

“There have not been any incidents related to the projects under our jurisdiction and we hope there will not be any,” he said after chairing the council’s monthly full board meeting yesterday.

He added that SUKE was expected to be completed by June next year, while EKVE would take slightly longer due to unresolved legal issues.

The council president’s reminder comes after a concrete slab from the SUKE project site fell on a car travelling on the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Kuala Lumpur on Sept 19. The slab was part of the parapet wall of the elevated highway construction site.

Two other incidents involving construction cranes have also called into question safety protocols at construction sites.

On another matter, Mohd Fauzi said council officers were on standby to execute sanitising protocols if any Covid-19 clusters were detected in the municipality.

He urged markets and business premises to increase compliance with National Security Council’s standard operating procedures (SOP) for the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There are still many premises that are not fully observing the SOP and they may face action if they do not implement the measures,” he said. He added that there would be increased monitoring at public spaces.

A check by MPAJ at 1,550 premises, between July 23 and Sept 23, found that only 433 businesses fully complied with the SOP.

Separately, Mohd Fauzi said MPAJ had recouped RM13.5mil of RM72.8mil in assessment arrears from 2017 to August this year.

“A total of 29,399 notices and warrants were issued for that period but only 10,084 (34.3%) payments were made while 19,315 (65.7%) remain unpaid,” he said.

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