KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9, 2016:

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has set a target to ensure the city is free of potholes by 2017.

Numerous initiatives are being taken DBKL’s Civil Engineering and Urban Transportation Department to achieve the mission.

The department’s deputy senior director Sabudin Mohd Salleh said the pothole problem including sinkages and improper road resurfacing, among others, contributed to accidents.

“A study by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research has found that accidents occur not only due to the human factor but also because of poor conditions of roads and vehicles,” he told Bernama.

According to Sabudin, the main cause of potholes recurring on roads was the rapid development taking place and improper resurfacing works done by utility companies.

He said to overcome the problem, the department was monitoring every existing development project in the city to ensure every road and pedestrian walkway close to the project were in good condition and safe to use.

Otherwise, the department would withdraw the development approval permit at any time or would not issue the certificate of compliance to errant developers, said Sabudin.

“Developers must be responsible. They must repair damaged roads close to project sites because heavily-laden lorries are responsible for creating potholes.

In addition, Sabudin said, from this year, utility companies were no longer allowed to patch up roads which they dug up as it would be done by DKBL and the costs would be fully borne by companies concerned.

He said DBKL had appointed 24 contractors to resurface roads dug up by utility companies.

“According to last year’s statistics, 13,612 potholed roads in the city were resurfaced and in January this year alone, 1,153 potholed roads had to be repaired,” he added.

According to the 2016 DBKL Budget, City Hall had allocated RM100 million to manage roads and drainage in Kuala Lumpur.

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