Weak­nesses in build­ing Rawang by­pass

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: An au­dit con­ducted on the Works Min­istry and Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (PWD) has un­earthed weak­nesses in the con­struc­tion of the Rawang by­pass in­fra­struc­ture project in Ban­dar Rawang.

The weak­nesses iden­ti­fied in the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s Re­port 2016 Se­ries 1 in­clude the de­lay that caused the con­trac­tor to claim losses and ex­penses amount­ing to RM7.88 mil­lion.

“The project took a long time to com­plete with six ex­ten­sions of 2,132 days given due to third par­ties’ ‘work pro­ce­dures and pro­cesses that were beyond PWD’s con­trol’.

“De­sign changes in the over­lap­ping routes be­tween el­e­vated struc­tures in the project, the As­sam Jawa Ta­man Rimba High­way (LATAR) also re­sulted in ad­di­tional costs of RM34.2 mil­lion.”

The re­port stated the de­lay in set­tling the com­pen­sa­tion for land ac­qui­si­tion with valid jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, re­sult­ing in penalty pay­ment of RM5.52 mil­lion.

“The 12.2 per cent progress claims by the con­trac­tor amount­ing to RM64.6 mil­lion were paid late be­tween 15 and 118 days.”

The con­struc­tion of the by­pass was ap­proved un­der the 9th Malaysia Plan to solve traf­fic con­ges­tion in Ban­dar Rawang and to im­prove the ex­ist­ing road network to Kuala Lumpur.

The project in­volved the up­grad­ing of 10.72km of roads and the con­struc­tion of a four-lane dual car­riage­way span­ning 12.58km.

The au­dit found weak­nesses in the con­struc­tion of a fly­over link­ing Jalan Nangka and Jalan Perda Timur through Jalan Padang Lalang/Lan­dasan Kere­tapi/Jalan Per­matang Rawa in Bukit Mer­ta­jam, Pe­nang.

The flaws in­clude change of scope in the quan­tity of ramps to be built, re­sult­ing in a de­lay in the com­mence­ment of the project, and in­crease in project costs.

“The project was de­layed for 641 days, caus­ing claims for losses and ex­penses by the con­trac­tor es­ti­mated at RM5.31 mil­lion.

“The con­struc­tion meth­ods for road bar­rier also did not com­ply with the stan­dards.”

The project was ap­proved un­der the 10th Malaysia Plan to solve traf­fic con­ges­tion in Ban­dar Perda.

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