New bus ter­mi­nal woes

> Syabas re­fus­ing to con­nect wa­ter sup­ply due to com­pli­ance is­sues

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AMAR SHAH MOHSEN AND HAIKAL JALIL

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The newly built Pe­tal­ing Jaya Old Town Bus Ter­mi­nal in Jalan Oth­man is yet to open as there is no wa­ter sup­ply to the build­ing.

A source from the Pe­tal­ing Jaya City Coun­cil (MBPJ) told theSun that an is­sue with the con­trac­tor in charge of the project had led to Syarikat Bekalan Air Se­lan­gor (Syabas) re­fus­ing to con­nect the wa­ter sup­ply.

The source, who re­quested anonymity, cited tech­ni­cal is­sues and lack of com­pli­ance from the con­trac­tor, caus­ing dis­sat­is­fac­tion.

“There were things that the con­trac­tor had erred, which caused Syabas to be dis­sat­is­fied with the ter­mi­nal.

“We have since com­plied (with the reg­u­la­tions). Now, we are only wait­ing for Syabas to give us the green light,” the source said.

No elab­o­ra­tion was given on the non­com­pli­ance of the con­trac­tor but the source did say it was re­lated to “pa­per­work and work­ing stages on site”.

Ac­cord­ing to the source said that MBPJ had al­ready in­formed Syabas on the rec­ti­fi­ca­tion works done at the ter­mi­nal, adding that con­nec­tion of wa­ter sup­ply would be made soon.

theSun has con­tacted Syabas for clar­i­fi­ca­tion and is still wait­ing for a re­sponse at press time.

Mean­while, MBPJ com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Has­bul­lah Juyahir said the open­ing of the ter­mi­nal was de­layed sev­eral times to en­sure the build­ing was com­pletely safe.

“We do in­spec­tions from time to time, to look at the qual­ity of the con­struc­tion. Some­times, there are things that need fix­ing.

“Not to say the build­ing is dam­aged, but it’s just stan­dard pro­ce­dure. We don’t want it open un­less it’s 100% com­plete and safe,” he told theSun.

Has­bul­lah said the ter­mi­nal would be open to the pub­lic by the first half of next year, adding that it is un­der­go­ing the “fi­nal touches”.

A check by theSun at the ter­mi­nal re­vealed that the wa­ter taps are run­ning dry, al­though elec­tric­ity sup­ply has been con­nected.

Rec­ti­fi­ca­tion works be­ing car­ried out at the new bus sta­tion.

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