Exco member: Velodrome too costly and of limited use

THE Selangor government does not have any plans to build a velodrome at the moment due to the high costs involved and the facility’s limited use to only select athletes.

“It will cost close to RM50mil to build a velodrome while maintenance can come up to RM5mil per year,” said state human capital development, sports and youth generation development committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman.

“Such facilities are only used by a small group, namely elite and professional athletes as well as back-up athletes.”

He said the state government might consider building a velodrome if there was high demand, a suitable location and if it has the capacity to maintain such a facility.

For now, state athletes would continue using the velodrome in Nilai which is located near Selangor, Mohd Khairuddin said.

He said this in response to a question raised by Jamaliah Jamaluddin (PH-Bandar Utama) on whether the Selangor government would consider building less common sports facilities such as velodromes.

On another matter, the Selangor government allocated RM6mil to instal solar-powered streetlights in 31 state constituencies to improve energy efficiency.

Some 390 out of 600 streetlights, to be set up in 2022 and 2023, have been installed in Phase One of the project from Aug 15 to Nov 15.

Islamic, consumer and halal industry affairs committee chairman Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni said the project costing RM6mil included Phases One and Two.

He was replying on behalf of infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim to Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping’s (PH-Bukit Lanjan) question.

Wong also asked if the streetlights would be equipped with additional features such as WiFi, closed-circuit television cameras and air pollution monitoring system.

Mohd Zawawi said no such features had been configured but these could be added if the need arose.

In response to Wong Siew Ki’s (PH-Balakong) question on the streetlight project’s completion in her constituency, Mohd Zawawi said the installation was ongoing.

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