pedestrian bridge in sorry state - polycarbonate roofing sheets
An elevated pedestrian bridge along Jalan Masjid Negeri, Penang, gets out of the way due to damage to the roof, and the sidewalk is exposed to sunlight and rain.
A survey by star photographer Chan Boon Kai yesterday found that several pieces on the roof were made of polycarbonate and were actually missing.
The sharp edges of the broken roof also protrude irregularly, posing a danger to pedestrians. Housewife R.
Nithya, 47, who uses the bridge every day, said the remaining roof sheets on the sidewalk could fall at any time.
"Debris from the roof could hit a passing driver or a vehicle under a bridge.
"The facility used to be a shelter for pedestrians to avoid rain and sunshine, but it is no longer," she said when she met yesterday.
Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, alternate chairman of the infrastructure and transport committee of Penang Island City Council, said the elevated pedestrian bridge was sponsored by a private company.
"Our engineers have issued an urgent notice to the company to remind it of the current state of the roof.
"We have asked the company to start the repair work immediately.
"We will pay close attention to the situation," he said . ".