Residents in Ipoh want pothole-riddled roads fixed


By ILI AQILAHIVAN LOH

Potholes on Lorong Bercham 1 in Ipoh pose a danger to motorists.

The growing number of potholes in Gerbang Meru Indah near Taman Meru Industrial Estate in Ipoh is causing an inconvenience to residents there.

The road, which connects Taman Meru to North-South Expressway, is often used by those in surrounding housing areas including Puncak Meru, Meru Heights, Taman Jati and Meru Valley.

As the road is near an industrial area, regular usage by heavy vehicles is among the main reasons for its poor condition.

Lawyer Mior Muhammad Fadhli, who lives nearby, believes that repair works were not done properly.

“It seems to be only partly completed. After they repair the potholes, there will be another contractor doing something else on the road the next day, ” said the 32-year-old.

“We often have to drive carefully and slow down to avoid the potholes. It is an inconvenience, ” he added.

A teacher, who wished to be known only as Alex, said she had lodged several complaints with Ipoh City Council about the potholes.

“I called the state Public Works Department and was told this fell under the city council’s responsibility.

“I have made several complaints and although the city council has repaired the road, the potholes continue to appear because the roads are used by lorries and buses, ” the 26-year-old said.

Alex said her sister had fallen on the road once because of the potholes.

“It was at night and there were no streetlights, she was riding her bike and accidentally hit one of the potholes.

“She had her helmet on but she injured her hands and knees when she fell.

“The city council has done a good job repairing the potholes but we hope something can be done to stop heavy vehicles from using the road, ” she added.

When contacted, Ipoh city councillor Datuk Azizul Kama Abd Aziz, who is in charge of Taman Meru, said repair works would be conducted soon.

“The company tasked with the job has already sent its workers to look at the area.

“They have audited and marked each pothole and will soon begin repairs, ” he said.

“We are aware of the residents’ complaints regarding heavy vehicles using the road.

“However, it is the only road that can be used by lorries and buses as it is the main route to the industrial area, ” he explained.

Meanwhile, residents in Bercham are also worried about the poor road condition in their area.

A housewife, who only wanted to be known as Wong, said the potholes were a hazard to motorists, especially during the current monsoon season.

“Some roads will be inundated with water, filling up the potholes.

“Unsuspecting motorcyclists could hit a water-filled pothole and fall.”

She said Jalan Bercham had several dangerous potholes, adding that the potholes could also damage car tyres.

Bercham assemblyman Ong Boon Piow said other pothole-riddled roads were Persiaran Bercham Timur 10, Persiaran Bercham Timur 1 and Persiaran Bercham Utara 1.

Ong said he was getting complaints from people via phone calls and messages as well as in person about the issue on a daily basis.

“I hope the city council will look into this and repair these roads immediately, ” he said.

City councillor Albert Ho Wai Mun, who is in charge of Bercham, said road resurfacing and upgrading works were being done in some areas.

“We are aware of the issues and currently concentrating on Lebuh Bercham Timur and Lebuh Bercham Selatan.

“We will carry out repatching works in other areas later, ” he said.

He added that four roads would see upgrading works done and he was on the ground to supervise work regularly.

Ho said the upgrading works were initially meant to be done next year but these were expedited by Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.

The city council, he added, had received special allocations for road repairs.

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