KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is aware of broken and badly resurfaced roads in the city and will consider imposing a higher deposit on utility companies that dig up roads for underground cabling work.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said most work was carried out in the wee hours of the morning without the supervision of DBKL officers.
In many cases, Ahmad Fuad said the lack of supervision resulted in shoddy patch work, thus posing a danger to road users.
“Pipe and cabling work is done to rectify problems in areas which suddenly faced water or electricity supply disruption.
“Pressed for time, the contractors carry out work under pressure from the people and in the process neglect quality,” said Ahmad Fuad, adding that there were about 1,300km of major roads in the city that DBKL was in charge of.
He added that road-resurfacing work was also expensive and DBKL spent RM24,000 on a four-lane road per kilometre.
Last year, DBKL spent RM25mil for road-resurfacing work alone.
Ahmad Fuad said City Hall was also trying to get better quality resurfacing material to replace the current method but that it was 30% more expensive.
“It is a material widely used in China and we are now testing it in some areas,” he said after the opening of the second International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2010 (WCSC 2010) at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Federal Territories and Urban Well Being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin launched the event.
It was organised by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) with Rehda Federal Territories Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Institute of Planners and Malaysian Institute of Architects.
Themed “Going For Growth, Engaging the People”, the conference discussed topics to address the challenges and concerns faced in achieving world-class sustainable cities, including effective land use planning, enhanced livability and life quality and private and public engagement.
Nong Chik said public transportation was being addressed which would include pedestrians linkages and universal design principles to make cities livable.
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