May 9, 2008 By NIK KHUSAIRI IBRAHIM
SOME 30 families residing along Changkat Bukit Gambir 2 in Penang are living in fear of a tower crane at a construction site located close to their homes.
C.S. Yeoh, whose house is located next to the Vista Gambier construction site, said he had been having sleepless nights ever since the crane was placed there.
“Construction work started more than a year ago. But the crane was only brought in last week,” he said.
Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer urged the Penang Municipal Council to check on the safety aspects at the site as the crane was located too close to the homes.
Danger lurking: The crane at a construction site near the homes.
“We do not want any untoward incident to occur. The crane also poses a hazard to children playing outside the houses,” he said.
A company representative, who was at the site, said he was not at liberty to make comments.
Last month, residents claimed that the construction works had caused cracks on some 10 houses in the area.
The council had then directed the developer to repair the cracks after State Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow visited the area.
The Vista Gambier project, a 19-storey high condominium block with two wings and 144 units, is scheduled for completion at the end of next year.