DBKL will not be forking out any money for a street lamp project claimed to cost a whopping RM30.7mil.
According to a DBKL spokesman, the project does not involve building any new street lamps, but will integrate additional features that support 5G telecommunication networks into existing ones.
"We will rent out the lamp posts to companies who will integrate it with telecommunication equipment and antennae for better connectivity," said the spokesman.
This was in response to a statement from DAP Kuala Lumpur complaints bureau chairman Lim Lip Eng on Saturday (June 11), who alleged that the project was too costly.
He said according to a report, the project involves 200 lamp posts to be built at a cost of RM30.75mil, which comes up to RM153,750 each.
The spokesman added that they had appointed several companies to maintain and operate these bi-functional lamp posts.
"We are involved with renting out the lamp posts. We are not spending money. Please wait for a proper statement from our corporate communications team," said the spokesman.
Berita Harian reported that a contract was awarded to Sarawak Consolidated Industries Berhad (SCIB) via Ennova Sdn Bhd to construct and operate 200 street lights in the Klang Valley for DBKL.
The project is set to start in June and end by May 2023.