Parents of students of SMK La Salle and SK La Salle in Petaling Jaya are still waiting for a pedestrian bridge to be built across the busy Jalan Gasing.
In August last year, StarMetro highlighted the plea from parents and teachers for a pedestrian bridge in front of their children’s school as students faced daily danger when they dash across the busy Jalan Gasing to get home.
It all started in 2009 after a bus crashed into a pillar supporting the pedestrian bridge and subsequently the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) removed it for safety reasons.
The issue was brought to MBPJ councillor Derek Fernandez last year and he said that a bridge would be constructed as it was an urgent need for the school to ensure the safety of its students.
Tender for the construction of the bridge had also been called and Fernandez said the school could look forward to seeing the new bridge when school reopened early this year.
With the new school term entering its third month, parents are wondering if the promised pedestrian bridge would ever be built after all.
A parent, Zalifah Azman said the students were at risk every day and the promise of building the bridge seemed far away now.
Zalifah recalls her recent trip to the school to pick her two boys up on a rainy day.
“It was almost tragic to see how the students had to run across Jalan Gasing, not only to escape from the rain but also from the mad traffic. What if any of the boys slipped and got run over?
“While waiting for the pedestrian bridge to be constructed, the council should seek the assistance of the traffic police to be stationed at the site during peak hours, it will really be a great help in slowing down the traffic,” she said.
SK La Salle Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman Jaffri Amin said the parents were mainly concerned about the safety of their young children,
“We cannot only depend on the school’s guard in assisting the children across the road because it is a very busy stretch and there are many students studying in both the schools.
When contacted yesterday, Fernandez said two tenders for the construction of the bridge was advertised last year but there were no bidders for it.
On Jan 24, the MBPJ held a meeting to call for a tender for the third time and according to Fernandez, MBPJ engineering department director Cheremi Tarman said several bidders had came forward this time around.
The council had also called several contractors by phone to inform them of the RM500,000 project and some had expressed interest.
He said if the council could not find a suitable contractor at the end of the bidding period, then the mayor must appoint one directly through negotiated tender, which must be approved by the state.
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