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Ensuring KKIA drain covers are in place
Published on: Friday, September 06, 2019

MALAYSIA Airports Bhd (MAB) will periodically check on the condition of the concrete drain covers at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA).

A spokesman for the firm said the duty officer and maintenance personnel at KKIA had been instructed to ensure that the drains were not exposed and the covers remained securely in place.

“The drains, including the covers, are maintained as and when it becomes necessary to do so,” he said.

This action was prompted by a complaint from a Manggatal resident about the hazards posed by a “hole” in the covered drain near the parking area for the Airport. 

She provided Hotline with the time and date of the incident. This information was forwarded to the firm.

The spokesman said an inspection was carried out after MAB became of the problem.

“The covers for the drain had been removed to facilitate efforts to locate a damaged underground pipe,” he said.

“Nevertheless, we instructed the contractor, tasked with attending to the leakage, to put up caution signs around the exposed drains as soon as we became aware of the danger posed to the public.”

The concrete covers were put back in place as soon as the water mains had been repaired.”

AUDRA of Manggatal expressed her concern about the dangers the exposed drain posed to pedestrians.

“My mother’s flight had been due to touch down at around 3 pm,” she said. 

“If it had been at night, I might not have spotted the ‘hole’ so easily as I was walking from the Airport parking area to the Arrival hall.

“Imagine what would happen if a pregnant woman or senior citizen accidentally walked into the drain.

Audra wondered how often the drains, including the covers, were maintained by the Airport authorities. 

“I think the concrete slab has been missing for some time as creepers have grown over part of the hole.”(SS)



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