By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ
Aug 4 2010
CONTRACTORS better watch out! The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) says it is going to put a stop to sloppy patch-up jobs by contractors who dig up roads to carry out cabling or pipe works.
A maximum fine of RM5,000 awaits errant contractors. MPS president Datuk Zainal Abidin Azim said contractors should do a thorough job after digging the road surface to carry out pipe or cabling works. “Contractors will normally resurface a road after work is completed but a second round of resurfacing should be done after two months when the soil is stable. However, this is where they slack. “Some contractors do it but others do not bother and when they don’t resurface, the section of the road would cave in. “Sometimes, even after the second round of resurfacing, the road condition is still bad,” Zainal said at a full board meeting last Friday.
The issue of shoddy patch-up work on roads was brought up by councillor Gunaraj G and supported by councillors Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji and Zulkifli Hamzah. Gunaraj said a 3km stretch of a main road in Bandar Country Homes was dug up for water pipe works and the contractors did a bad patch-up job, resulting in uneven and caved in patches. He added that the shoddy work caused damages to vehicles and posed greater danger to motorcyclists.
Tengku Zulpuri also complained that there was bad patchwork done at Taman Gading Utama by a contractor following a communication cable project. He said residents complained to him about bad roads and questioned why no action was forthcoming from MPS. Zulkifli suggested that if contractors failed to do a good repair job, MPS should request from the state government for the deposit paid by the contractors and the council could rectify the problem. Zainal Abidin agreed to the suggestion. “We will request from the state government for some money from the deposit because badly-maintained roads reflects badly on the council,” he said.
extracted from www.thestarproperty.my