INDAH Water Konsortium (IWK) has hired a contractor to resolve the leaking sewerage pipe placed underground along Jalan Perak in George Town, according to Batu Lancang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong.
He said the pipe started leaking for the first time since May last year.
It was learnt that IWK was not able to resolve the issue due to several Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) cables that are placed on top of the sewerage pipe there.
“Despite several attempts to address this issue, IWK could not dig up the affected area because it would greatly interrupt the TNB cables below.
“Instead, IWK had to carry out minor repairs as a temporary measure to prevent further leaking from the sewerage pipe.
“After almost a year, I am happy to announce that IWK has managed to engage a contractor to resolve this issue.
“The contractor will carry out rehabilitation works to stop the leaking from the sewerage pipe.
“This method, as I understand, will last for the next ten years or so.
“When the works begin soon, the traffic in this area will be bad as closures will be implemented to speed up the completion.
“It is hoped the road users will cooperate and be patient during this period,” Ong told reporters during a brief press conference at Jalan Perak in George Town today.
Ong said the rehabilitation works are expected to start on March 25 and be completed in three weeks.
Story by Kevin Vimal
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