SMRT Chairman pleads COI to take ‘holistic’ view of reduced maintenance expenditure
Posted by temasektimes on May 12, 2012
SMRT”s maintenance regime has come under the spotlight during the ongoing inquiry by the Commission of Inquiry which questioned its board members on the reduced expenditure in maintenance and repair in the last few years.
However, SMRT Chairman Koh Yong Guan said the board had not found it necessary to tell SMRT to review its maintenance procedures.
On the issue of maintenance, he urged the Committee of Inquiry to take a ‘holistic’ view, pointing out that maintenance costs have been kept low given the ageing MRT line.
He added the SMRT board always emphasises safety and does not simply “rubber-stamp.”
Internal investigations had shown a drop in repair and maintenance expenditure which many blamed for the frequent spate of disruptions lately which has been SMRT a laughing stock in the world.