Johor spends $260,000 a month on potholes

Johor spends $260,000 a month on potholes
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ISKANDAR PUTERI: Close to RM800,000 (S$259,132) is spent every month to patch up potholes throughout Johor, said Public Works, Rural and Re­­gio­nal Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad.

To date, 48,272sq-m of road have been repaired under the state's "Zero Pothole" campaign since September 2015, Hasni told the state assembly sitting yesterday.

"After the campaign launch, we patched up 4,492sq-m that year, and 34,854sq-m last year," said Hasni, who added that the repairs were part of a state road maintenance deal involving two com­panies under a performance-based contract from 2015 to 2018.

Amona Infra Care Sdn Bhd was contracted to maintain the roads in Segamat, Muar, Tangkak, Kluang and Batu Pahat at a cost of RM83.2mil while Teto Engineering Sdn Bhd was tasked with those in Jo­­­hor Baru, Kulai, Kota Tinggi, Pon­tian and Mersing for RM47.6mil.

Hasni said the concessionaires' performances were satisfactory, athough they needed to exercise tighter control and better supervision over their subcontractors.

He was answering questions from Datuk Adam Sumiru (BN-Tanjung Puteri) and Lim Eng Guan (DAP-Bekok) on the state of road maintenance following the Zero Pothole campaign.

Hasni said that under the performance-based contract, the concessionaires were evaluated on work qua­lity, cost-effectiveness, traffic ma­­­nagement, as well as how they handled public complaints.

He added that poor performers would not have their contract extended.

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