Thursday, March 15, 2012
Drains a priority for new SS3 contractors
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012 - 21:33
by Andrea Mathew (Malay Mail)
NEGLIGENCE: Lau (right) stands before a clogged drain in SS3 yesterday — Pic: Arif Kartono
PETALING JAYA: A newly-appointed cleaning contractor in SS3 has been given three months to prove its worth or risk being suspended if they fail to perform.
Kampung Tunku state assemblyman Lau Weng San said the new contractor, Alor Enterprise, had big shoes to fill as some of the drains here had not been cleaned for the past 10 years.
Lau blamed the previous waste management firm Alam Flora Sdn Bhd for failing to carry out the task effectively in previous years.
“Some of the drains had not been cleaned for five to 10 years, especially those located near restaurants. But restaurant operators have also been negligent as they dispose waste from their trade into the drains,” Lau said.
“Since the appointment of new cleaning contractors from March 1, we will be closely monitoring their performance and have found clogged drains to be an issue which requires immediate attention."
Lau said covered drains with no manholes were also a hindrance to cleaners as they cannot gain access to the drains.
Petaling Jaya City Council public relations officer Zainun Zakaria confirmed the contractors had been given a three-month period to perform failing which they risk being terminated.
He said Alor Enterprise would be responsible for cleaning the drains twice a week.