Apartment’s roofs upgraded ahead of time

RESIDENTS of Taman Sri Timur Apartment in Air Itam received a piece of good news this morning when the upgrading works of their roofs were completed ahead of time.


State Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the upgrading works had started on Aug 25 and was only due for completion on Nov 16, but to the residents’ fortunate circumstances, it was completed on Oct 6.


“I am so happy to be here today to announce the completion of upgrading works of roofs, which cost RM227,000.


“Under the Penang Maximum 80% Maintenance Fund (TPM80PP), the state government had paid 80% (RM181,600) while the Joint Management Body (JMB) paid 20% (RM45,400),” Jagdeep told a press conference at Taman Sri Timur Apartment today.


He also said the initiative (TPM80PP), which was started by the Penang government in 2013, has received encouraging response ever since.


“Under this fund, a total of RM37 million has been spent by the Penang government, involving some 250 applications with 404 projects.


“The upgrading and replacement of lifts remain the highest, totalling 215 out of the 404 projects,” Jagdeep added.


The 25-year-old apartment comprises 44 units.


An overview of the Taman Sri Timur apartment in Air Itam


Jagdeep said the Penang government would continue to prioritise one of the many basic human needs, which is the right to have a roof over their heads, and to also promptly react as when their shelters require maintenance works.


“Until October 2020, the Penang government has spent a total of RM259.76 million on various housing maintenance funds,” Jagdeep added.


The RM259.76 million includes maintenance works for housing schemes under Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP), all private and public housing schemes and the Penang Maximum 80% Maintenance Fund (TPM80PP).


Air Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng Soon Siang extended his heartiest appreciation to the Penang government for giving much importance to the well-being of not only the residents of Taman Sri Timur Apartment, but for all kinds of housing schemes that would benefit from the programme (TPM80PP).


“I am simply amazed with the structure of the 25-year-old building that’s well maintained, and I salute the residents for being extremely cooperative with one another to ensure a healthy living within the premises,” he said during his speech.


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix by Alvie Cheng