Amirudin cites MCO, shortage of construction materials for Kuala Langat project’s slow progress
THE construction of a flyover in Bandar Saujana Putra, Kuala Langat, is expected to be completed by the middle of next year after numerous delays.
“Work on the flyover started in October 2019 and was supposed to be completed by end of September 2021,” said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari in response to a question from Lau Weng San (PH-Banting) on the progress of the project.
“Construction was delayed due to the movement control order, difficulties faced by the contractor in adhering to the standard operating procedure set by the Federal Government such as getting permission letters and ensuring workers were fully vaccinated, increase in the price of raw materials as well as shortage of construction materials due to factories being closed during the MCO.
“During the piling stage, the consultant also found that the pile used was not suitable for the soil condition.
“So the contractors switched from using bored piles to spun piles,” said Amirudin at the state assembly sitting.On the status, he said it was 23% completed.
After reviewing the various delays, he said the consultant recommended that the contractor be given an extension, hence the flyover’s new expected completion date of May 31 next year.
Lau expressed concern at the delay as Kuala Langat Municipal Council faced a similar problem with the construction of its building.
“It’s not possible that the contractors and developers were unaware of the soil condition (in Kuala Langat).
“My suggestion is that a special briefing on the project update and construction delay be held for elected representatives whose constituencies are affected by the project, namely Morib, Sijangkang, Dengkil, Tanjung Sepat and Banting.”
Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PN-Sijangkang) similarly voiced concern that the project could be further delayed.
In response, Amirudin said it was the responsibility of Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd (PNSB) and the contractor to ensure the project would be completed within the stipulated date.
It was previously reported that the flyover was a joint development between Seribu Baiduri Sdn Bhd and PNSB.
It is meant to alleviate congestion at the roundabout connecting two highways — North–South Expressway Central Link (Elite) and South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE).