Following our report on the introduction of a new tar premix in Selangor, the state government has announced that road maintenance concessionaires under its jurisdiction are to repair potholes within 24 hours of its notification, according to a news article in TheStar.
The news article cited Selangor State Infrastructure and Public Facilities Committee Chairman Zaidy Abdul Talib in saying that every pothole in the areas under their care will have to be patched up and low funds excuses will not be accepted.
“In the past, concessionaires only patched up potholes based on a budget but now they have to patch up every pothole,” said Zaidy in the article.
“For next year, the state government has allocated RM373mil to JKR Selangor to improve the infrastructure, and from this, 52% (RM196 million) has been allocated for maintenance and repair of roads,” he added.
This new instruction is said to be a part of a new guideline to be implemented by the state government, announced after the launch event of the new premix, called the Cold-Mix Carboncor, held at the Gombak Public Works Department (JKR) in Bandar Baru Selayang yesterday.
Attended by JKR Selangor Director Datuk Hamizan Mohd Inzan, Gombak District (MDG) Officer Ahmad Suaidi Abd Rahim and Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) President Datuk Nor Hisham Dahlan, the launch event also showcased a demonstration on the Cold-Mix Carboncor.
The report also noted that MPSJ President Datuk Nor Hisham had ordered 300 bags of the new premix, saying “We do not want to wait, we will test it out immediately and monitor it for a month. If this works, we will load it up in the lorries and drive around looking for potholes to fix.”