Thursday, July 17, 2008

No work allowed on Sundays

Developers and contractors in Petaling Jaya are allowed to carry out construction work from 8am to 6pm from Mondays to Saturdays only, and not on Sundays and public holidays.

“If the developer wants to extend the work hours, he must apply to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), which will consider whether or not to approve the application,” MBPJ public relations director Haniza Abdul Hamid said.

“If the application is approved, the work hours can only be extended until 10pm. The developer must also abide by the council's regulations on noise level and cleanliness,” Haniza said.

Developers and contractors are required to comply with the Department of Environment's conditions on noise level.

The permitted maximum noise level from 6am to 6pm is 85 decibel and 65 decibel at night, i.e. between 6pm and 6am.

“If the residents have complaints, they can call our 24-hour hotline at 03-79542020. Our enforcement officers on standby duty will check on the problem,” Haniza said.

First-time offenders will be issued a compound under the MBPJ Compounding of Offences Bylaws, Street, Drainage and Building Act, which carries a maximum fine of RM12,500.

Repeat offenders will be taken to court under Section 70 (12) of the Street, Drainage and Building Act (Act 133) which carries a maximum fine of RM25,000.

According to Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San, he has so far received only one complaint about an ongoing project in Section 22, Petaling Jaya, but the situation was rectified during a consensus reached between the contractor and residents.

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