KUANTAN: Work to demolish the 17 blocks of flats in Indera Mahkota here, which have become a breeding ground for aedes mosquitoes and a favourite haunt for drug addicts, is expected to begin in two weeks.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the state tender committee would award the contract to demolish the flats soon at a cost of about RM2.7mil.
The state government will fund the demolition. We see the urgency to expedite works in view of the health and social problems that have cropped up, he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting here yesterday.
The neglected buildings and site had caused many residents in the area to be infected with dengue over the past few weeks. A six-year-old boy was reported to have died after suffering from dengue shock syndrome, a variety of dengue haemorrhagic fever.
A series of studies conducted by the state health department for the past two years also disclosed that the site was a breeding ground for aedes, with the possibility of a major dengue outbreak waiting to happen.
Several groups had called for the demolition to stop the drug addicts and the spread of diseases.
However, Adnan said he did not believe that demolishing the flats and clearing of the area would help overcome the dengue problem.
These will not guarantee that the area will be free of dengue if the people continue to throw their rubbish indiscriminately.
As long as the people do not practise good habits of disposing of their waste, the dengue problem will still be around, he added.
Asked what the site will be used for after demolition, he said there were no plans yet.
The five-storey flats comprising 1,360 units and 566 terrace houses were completed in 1989 at a cost of RM36mil.
In July 1995, some 500 people from 80 families from one of the blocks were evacuated at midnight after a supporting beam on the second floor collapsed. A subsequent check by the Public Works Department found structural defects in the buildings.
Residents of the flats were moved out in the next five years to several housing areas here.
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