The government has provided a three-month extension to construction projects involving government contracts, given that works have been suspended during the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO), said Senior Minister (Infrastructure) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
“If they need more time, they need to make an application and we will evaluate the reason and basis of the application before giving more extension period, compared to the three months that have been set,” Bernama quoted him as saying following the inspection of the Tanjung Lumpur New Bridge Project, which links Bandar Putra and Kuantan town.
Notably, 85% of the stalled construction projects have now resumed works.
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The other 15% could not continue as the contractors involved faced cash flow issues as well as lack of manpower or building materials, he said.
According to him, the ministry took note of the difficulties faced by contractors for use as input in drafting future government policies and assistance to such parties.
Commenting on the 451-metre bridge, Fadillah said the RM155.8 project is set for completion on 25 September. To date, it has a progress status of 93%, reported Bernama.
“The government has also approved a flyover project worth RM47 million from the Bukit Setongkol junction to Kemunting at Jalan Kuantan-Gambang to reduce congestion at the entry road to the bridge when it is opened later,” he added.
Works on the second Tanjung Lumpur bridge commenced in August 2016. Aside from reducing travel time from Gambang to Tanjung Lumpur, the bridge is also expected to reduce congestion at the existing bridge.