Council wants contractors’ work reviewed

Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) councillors Noor Azleen Amdros (left) and Madyasir Ahmad Basir (right) showing the potholes found here near Taman Rinting in Pasir Gudang.- THOMAS YONG/The Star

PASIR GUDANG: Recurring potholes are a serious problem here and the quality of work of contractors hired to fix them should be reviewed, says Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) councillor Noor Azleen Amdros.

He noted that roads here were also used by heavy vehicles, as it is an industrial area, and repairs only lasted a couple of weeks before the potholes appeared again.

This posed a danger to road users, he said.

“There is a need for the relevant departments to take a closer look at the quality of work provided by contractors hired to fix the potholes so that we can solve the problem once and for all, ” he told reporters yesterday.

He said MBPG received more than 200 public complaints a year about potholes in Pasir Gudang, including roads under federal and state government jurisdictions.

“We found dozens of potholes when we visited several roads here. Some were fixed less than a month ago and are now appearing again, ” he said.

The major roads plagued with potholes, he said, included the Pasir Gudang Highway, the four-way intersection near Stadium Perbandaran Pasir Gudang as well as the four-way intersection near Bukit Layang-Layang.

Noor Azleen said he would be presenting several long- and short-term plans to improve these roads to two committees under the MBPG, which would then bring it forward to relevant state and federal agencies.

“The short-term solutions include the need for authorities to reevaluate the quality and the result of the work provided by the contractors as the problem has been a recurring one.

“On top of that, the number of heavy vehicles using the roads, especially during peak hours, should be limited to avoid the same problem from happening again and to ensure the safety of other road users, ” he said.

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