I chanced upon the Quieter Construction Fund (QCF) when my father, a contractor, was lamenting about the lease and installation of noise detectors at his construction site.
The QCF is a scheme to support contractors to adopt quieter construction and noise control equipment.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) and Building and Construction Authority can do more to reach out to contractors so that the good intentions of this fund are better communicated to them.
Another issue is that the application form is not easy to fill up.
Contractors have to submit three quotations and justify why a company is to be chosen. They must also submit three technical brochures detailing the noise control equipment they seek to lease or install.
Why can't the NEA do a shortlist of companies for contractors? Who can contractors approach if they need help filling up the application form?
I urge the authorities to review the process so that it can benefit more people.
The good intentions of the QCF will come to naught if no one knows about the existence of the fund and if there is so much red tape to clear.