Road project completed after delay

Amirudin (left) receiving a framed photo of the completed project from Lokman.

Newly widened route will ease congestion between Selayang and Batu Caves, says S’gor MB

WORKS to widen the main road cutting across Kampung Bendahara in Selayang, Selangor, have been completed after a two-year delay.

The one-way road, which is 1km long, stretches from the Selayang Mutiara junction to the Ulu Yam junction. It now has two lanes. The RM25.5mil project also involved the upgrading of Sungai Udang nearby.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the project, which started on March 13, 2018, was supposed to have been completed on Sept 9, 2020.

“However, the deadline was pushed back when the Covid-19 pandemic started and movement control orders were imposed.

Amirudin was speaking at an event held at Taman Selayang Mutiara to announce the project’s completion by Selangor Public Works Department (JKR).

He said the road was often congested because it linked two densely populated areas, namely Batu Caves and Selayang.

“It was also used as an alternative route for those travelling to northern states during festive seasons,” he said.

Amirudin, who is Sungai Tua assemblyman, said the upgrading of Sungai Udang was necessary to address flooding in Kampung Sungai Kertas.

He said the river would often overflow after downpours, causing nearby residents much hardship.

JKR director Lokman Nasir said the project was awarded via open tender.

“The initial cost was RM19.7mil but there was an increase in the cost after the upgrade to Sungai Udang,” he said.

“The cost also covered the installation of new streetlights and relocation of underground utility cables in the area.”

On a separate matter, Amirudin said a full report on the Batang Kali landslide would be declassified within three weeks.

He said the state government received approval from the Works Ministry to release the report.

“A state executive council meeting will be held to discuss the issue.

“Currently, the report is classified under the Official Secrets Act 1972 and needs to go through certain legal procedures before it is declassified,” he said.

Also present at the event were Selayang Municipal Council president Datuk Mohd Yazid Sairi and Gombak district officer Azlina Abd Aziz.

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