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Wednesday January 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by tan karr wei
WHEN a small fire broke out recently at the Sri Tanjung flats in USJ 16, Subang Jaya, the fire engine could not pass through because of cars double-parked along the roads.
“Our fire engines need a space of six metres to manoeuvre. When cars are double-parked, we have no way to get into the area,” said Subang Jaya SS17 fire station officer Azman Md Zin.
He said the problem was becoming a concern for the Fire and Rescue Department, especially in flats and residential areas.
Sri Tanjung flats management corporation chairman Mohd Nizam Abdullah said one of the residents had woken up at 5am to boil water but fell asleep before turning off the stove.
“Thankfully, one of the neighbours noticed the smoke and knocked on the door until he woke up. They managed to put out the fire,” Nizam said at a press conference to announce new carparks for the flats.
With 1,000 flat units and only 650 parking bays, Nizam said a lack of parking space had always been a problem at Sri Tanjung.
As a solution, the Sri Tanjung Management Corporation has decided to convert two open areas between the four blocks into carparks.
The equipment for the children’s playgroundm, which was previously located in these open areas, have been moved to two other locations within the premises.
Work to tar the two areas started in mid-October and 80% of the RM317,000 cost was borne by the state government, with the remainder coming from the management corporation’s own funds and a RM5,000 contribution from Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok’s office.
The flats now have an additional 216 parking bays for cars and 450 for motorcycles.
“Previously, we didn’t have any bays for motorcycles and owners would just park them wherever is convenient,” said Nizam.
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