Stop-work order for Section 17 project after construction mishap

A stop-work order has been issued to the developer of a mixed-development project in Section 17, after a part of the fixtures almost came tumbling down if not for the safety nets on Saturday.

Issued almost immediately by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), the stop-work order is in effect until all safety aspects of the development are rectified.

According to traders, the safety net prevented the debris from falling onto their stalls.

The incident, which happened at around 6pm, is believed to have been caused by heavy rains and strong winds.

Right below the high-rise construction is a row of morning and night market traders who now fear for their safety.

“It’s a good thing nothing fell on to us. We hope our safety will be prioritised by the developers.

“However, the developers did take quick action and the safety nets have been put back in place,” said Section 17 morning market chairman Low Chun Foo.

He added that the developers had promised to build them a temporary roof for them to trade under but nothing has been done until now.

“This discussion has been going on for a month but still no roof,” he said.

Hawkers further urged MBPJ not to lift the stop-work order until their temporary roof is built.

When contacted, Bukit Gasing assemblyman R Rajiv praised MBPJ for being very efficient and visiting the site immediately after it heard about the incident.

“They responded really fast and issued the stop work order immediately, which I hope won’t be lifted until the temporary roof is built and other safety aspects looked into,” he said.

He added that it was up to MBPJ’s building department to decide when to lift the stop-work order.

“I also spoke to the developers who have agreed to build the temporary roof for the hawkers immediately,” he said.

MBPJ could not be reached for comment at press time. - The Star