Water dripping from cantilever to walkway
Published on: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
By: Oliver Voon
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A view of the area at Jalan Pantai where water (in dark circle) is constantly dripping from the building’s cantilever ledge onto the walkway.
Kota Kinabalu: City Hall has stepped in to resolve a long standing issue pertaining to water dripping from a cantilever ledge of a shophouse at Jalan Pantai in the city recently.

A concerned member of a public approached Hotline not too long ago to voice out his fear about the integrity of the concrete ledge as the long exposure to water may weaken its overall structure which will cause it to collapse.

A City Hall official has previously said several buildings in the city such as those in Jalan Pantai, Jalan Gaya, Bandaran Berjaya, Segama and Sinsuran are structures that have been standing for more than 40 years.

These structures were constructed with concrete mixture of aggregates, including sea sand, that is believed to be the contributing factors in hastening the rusting process of the reinforcements in the slabs.

“I’m sure the leakage has been left unattended for more than six  months because moulds had formed on the surface of the walkway.

He, however, surprised that the unit owner chose to ignore the water wastage at his or her premises.

“Is he or she abusing the privilege of the discount on consumers’ water bill which was offered by the government to reduce the people’s burden during the lockdown period?” he asked.

He said the constant water on the walkway also causes inconveniences to pedestrians.

“It’s slippery to walk on this surface,” he said, thus depriving pedestrians of an enclosed space to walk on during heavy rain.

Apart from that, he also urged the City Hall to check whether the renovation works at the upper floor of the unit had been approved by their office.

“It looked as if it had been renovated into workers’ quarters,” he added.

A City Hall spokeswoman, when contacted recently, assured that its staff at the relevant division would be asked to verify the complaint promptly.

“We need to establish the origin of the water that is dripping down onto the pavement,” she said, adding that the unit owner would be contacted about this as well.

The outcome would be submitted to Hotline later. 


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