Friday, August 23, 2013

No cutting corners in RM14.2mil pedestrian bridge

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad has denied cutting corners in the construction of a RM14.2 million pedestrian bridge linking the Sultan Ismail LRT to the Medan Tuanku monorail.
Prasarana group director of infrastructure services Masnizam Hisham  reaffirmed that the construction of the bridge had kept to the original design. "We wish to reaffirm that the finishes of the bridge had remained the same as it was designed," she said.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng had raised several complaints over the pedestrian bridge, including the fact that half its lights were not working.
Masnizam explained that this was due to cable theft and electricity supply was restored on Aug 19 when the cables were replaced. She added that Prasarana will step-up the deployment of auxiliary police to prevent a recurrence of cable thefts.
Steps taken to address complaints
She also addressed several other complaints about the bridge by the MPs, including:
·         Lifts and escalators are under going testing by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health and will begin operation in November.
·         CCTVs not part of the bridge's scope of work but will be installed in future to enhance security.
·         Automatic plant watering system is working but only at night for pedestrian's convenience. Plants wilted by searing heat will be replaced.
Masnizam stressed that Prasarana had obtained the project through open tender and the construction cost had factored in the area's the busy and confined environment.

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