Stop collection for the “half-baked” SMART tunnel

I have just got back from a press conference at Cheras MP YB Tan Kok Wai’s office on  the issues of SMART system and KL floods. MPs present include Fong Kui Lun (Bukit Bintang), Teresa Kok (Seputeh) and Tan Kok Wai (Cheras).

The SMART cost RM2.168 billion to build, of which more RM1.5 billion was paid by the Federal Government. The developer MMC-Gamuda only paid about RM600 million. SMART was originally to be completed by end 2006. But it will only be ready by 23 June 2007.

SMART has started to collect toll fees on 15 June 2007 (RM2.00 one way) despite of the fact that it was uncompleted (the flood tunnels).

DAP have suggested that there must a stringent schedule of maintenance to ensure the safety and comfort of the tunnels and stop the collection of toll fees before the tunnels were compeleted on 23 June 2007.

Besides showing the video clips taken at the tunnels on 12 June 2007 (it’s now on youtube, under very “Smart” Tunnel in Malaysia), we have also released a statement prepared with the help of some experts…

Observations, Questions and Suggestions by a structural engineer after an inspection of the not so Smart tunnel on Tuesday (12 June 2007) afternoon…   

Observations… 

1.                   There are plenty of minor defects. Water was seen seeping through from both the soffits on the top and the slabs on the floors. These could be seen even with naked eyes if one travels with a low speed. One could see plenty of holes left behind by extensive pressure grouting. Grouting was carried extensively, indicating that structural hairline cracks were everywhere. But pressure grouting is only a temporary measure but certainly not a permanent or proper remedy.

2.                   The workmanship of the tunnels was poor and far from satisfactory in view of the high cost of construction (more than RM2.1 billion).

3.                   Cladding was done extensively on most parts of the tunnels. This is highly improper and unnecessary because cladding makes detection of defects (such as cracks) very difficult if not impossible.

4.                   Pressure grouting is an expensive process. It could runs into millions of ringgit over a period of time.

5.                   The ‘riding quality’ of the tunnels was very poor. Driving through the tunnels is not very pleasant.  

Questions… 

1.                   What is the actual cost of construction of the entire Smart system?

2.                   Why the foreign company involved in drilling of the tunnels abandoned the job? Was there a legal tussle between MMC- Gamuda and the foreign company who was trusted to do the drilling?

3.                   Why the government bulldozed through the project despite of the peculiar underground limestone structure, which makes drilling and construction of tunnels very difficult and uneconomical?

4.                   How effective the Smart system would be in terms of flood mitigation? The DID itself has openly admitted that the flood mitigation function of the Smart system, at the most, could only achieve some 60%. How the DID arrives at such conclusion?

5.                   If the entire Smart system could be used for flood mitigation, why cladding was done so extensively? And if the second level could also be used for flood mitigation as well (as reported by TV3 evening news on Wednesday 12 June 2007), what will happen to the lightings, equipments and road furniture? What kind of cocks and bulls story is this? 

Suggestions… 

1.                   Maintenance is utmost important for the tunnels. A stringent schedule of maintenance must be adhered to at all times to ensure the safety and comfort of the tunnel users.

2.                   No collection of toll fees to be allowed before the entire tunnel was completed for full operation (including flood mitigation). Precedent must not be set in this case. If the entire Smart tunnel system could only be completed on or after 23 June 2007, any collection of toll fees should only be imposed after the date of completion.

多處紕漏火箭促政府解釋
“精明渠道要多少錢維修?”

GuangMing Daily News 

updated:2007-06-16 19:01:23 MYT

■行動黨領袖一同觀看巡視精明渠道時所拍下的錄影片段。左起李映霞、方貴倫、郭素沁、陳國偉(坐者)及劉天球。(放大)
■行動黨指渠道的跑道和壁上出現水跡和漏水,希望政府解釋。(放大)
■專家指精明渠道出現多處紕漏,如地面有許多肉眼看見的裂痕。(放大)

(吉隆坡訊)行動黨雪隆區國會議員及領袖近日帶領專家巡視精明渠道,並發現渠道出現漏水、裂痕等紕漏。他們認為,政府有必要向人民交代精明渠道所面對的問題,並要求進行防洪大演習,以證明渠道是“真材實料”所打造的。

行動黨領袖今日(週六,16日)在蕉賴舉辦記者會,發表專家對精明渠道作出的評估。
行動黨中委劉天球向記者指出,他們於6月12日帶領一名建筑結構專家,前往巡視精明渠道。

指造價與品不符

他說,不便上報的專家事後作出5項結論和疑問,主要指精明渠道的品質欠佳,與耗資超過20億令吉打造的價格不符。

他聲稱,專家指渠道的地面和頂部多處出現裂痕,有的裂痕還在漏水。

他提出,他們發現渠道頂部有一排排的洞孔,專家指洞孔是維修裂痕及注入水泥(pressure grouting)所致,與甲洞第二中環公路出現裂痕時的維修手法相同。

“專家指這種維修方式非常昂貴,長久下來可要耗資百萬令吉。”

他們也發現,從新街場往市中心的路段沒有裝上天花板,可明顯看到裂縫和漏水問題處處。反而隆市返回新街場路段則蓋上天花板。

他聲稱,其他問題還包括跑道凹凸不平、緊急路段淹水等。

他說,政府已耗資龐大經費筑建精明渠道,但渠道至今卻出現各種紕漏,“我們迫切需要知道,渠道日後還要多少附加工程或維修費才夠?”

他指出,據知筑建精明渠道的承包商當初與另一家德國公司一同進行渠道礸洞工程,不過,後者不知為何在工程半途退出,並要起訴本地承包商。

他補充,他們要政府證實德國公司在筑建半途退出及起訴本地承包商的事件,並解釋精明渠道一切的紕漏及解決方法。

渠道是否有效防洪?
當局應進行水災演習

行動黨蕉賴區國會議員陳國偉指出,政府當初是以解決隆市水災問題而宣佈興建精明渠道,但精明渠道未完全啟用前,卻傳出渠道只能排解60%,甚至一半的豪雨量,令人民有受騙的感覺。

他認為,防洪精明渠道在還沒完全啟用前不應收費。“我們還不知道渠道是否有對防洪有效,當局應進行水災演習證明一切。”

隆地質不適建地下道

他週六在記者會上披露,隆市的地質不適合筑建地下隧道,這就是為何大馬一直不筑建地下鐵的原因之一。

“我們不明白政府在確知隆市不適合建地下隧道時,仍執意興建精明渠道,而且還要一道兩用(車行及防洪)。”

他提到,政府是精明渠道最大承包商,並有能力繳付所有工程費,但政府仍批准只耗資28.6%工程費的承包商向人民收取40年過路費。

武吉免登區國會議員方貴倫則說,精明渠道原定於2006年12月31日竣工,但工程拖延半年後才完成,而且沒向首相或人民匯報。

士布爹國會議員郭素沁聲稱,精明渠道是在環境評估報告仍末出爐前動工,這已嚴重破壞環境。

她認為,政府欲解決隆市水災問題,首要任務是進行良好城市規劃,而不是隨意發出批准,以致各地區在過度發展的情況下面對基本設施欠佳、水災等問題。

行動黨社青團國際秘書李映霞披露,政府應公佈精明渠道合約內容,並確保渠道的安全性,“因為政府是精明渠道最大的投資者,所以,納稅人有知到真相的權力。”

專家對精明渠道結論

  1. 渠道地面和頂部出現許多裂痕,肉眼看出許多水從裂縫流出。另有一排排維修裂痕及注入水泥的洞孔。
  2. 渠道的品質欠佳,與21億的工程費不符。
  3. 部份渠道筑上天花板,而部份渠道則沒有。
  4. 維修裂痕及注入水泥(pressure grouting)費用昂貴,長期的費用達數百萬。
  5. 道路凹凸不平。

專家疑問

  1. 除了原有的工程費,還需要多少的附加工程費及維修費?
  2. 承建精明渠道的德國公司突然退出,並起訴主要承包商,原因何在?
  3. 為何政府執意在不適合興建隧道的隆市建精明渠道?
  4. 精明渠道是否有效防洪?
  5. 曾有電視媒體報導,指精明渠道在有必要時開放所有渠道,包括車道排解豪雨。試問跑道理所有設備,如電燈、抽氣風扇、路牌等可否會一概被淹沒和沖走?

行動黨的建議

  1. 要求政府採取最嚴格工程,以確保渠道達到防洪及安全狀況。
  2. 要渠道末完全啟用前,不應徵收過路費。

(光明日報•2007.06.16)

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