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Eyesore: A manhole that has been covered with slippers.
TRADERS from Klang’s Little India are seeing red over a drainage upgrading project that they claim has been abandoned midway, leading to a multitude of problems in the area.
They said the area now is affected by frequent flash floods, increased rat population, clogged drains and other problems.
Money changer Fakhrudeen A. Husin, who operates his business in Jalan Tengku Diauddin, said the condition of Little India was deplorable.
Despite being a busy commercial enclave, he said Little India was neglected, even in terms of basic facilities.
“The drains are clogged all the time and those in the back lanes are filled with rubbish.
“The back lanes in this part of the town are also filthy and smelly,’’ he said.
Fakhrudeen, who has been in the area for more than 20 years, said drainage, roads or pavement upgrading works never seemed to get completed.
“Such projects are often halted and eventually abandoned.
“In fact, notice boards stating upgrading works will be carried out at a particular stretch of the road can be found around the town.
“The public are unsure if these projects have been completed,’’ he said.
He said two such notice boards could be found along Lorong Dato Hamzah, stating that road upgrading works would be carried out along the stretch.
However, he said the notice boards had been there for more than five years but the project had yet to be completed.
“The notice boards state the upgrading works were supposed to be completed between Feb 1 and Feb 28 in 2005.
“I remember that works started but were never completed,’’ he said.
A restaurant owner, who did not want to be named, said the abandoned project was marring the area, with rodents scurrying about and drains left uncovered.
“The rodents are able to enter business premises through the drains,’’ he said.
Lawyer P. M. Rayappan, whose office is on Jalan Dato Hamzah, said the missing manhole covers and broken pavement in front of the shops posed danger to pedestrians.
“Someone could fall into the manhole and hurt themselves or twist their legs while walking on the broken and uneven pavement,” he said.
“The relevant authorities must take action fast and not wait until something happens. The condition here is shameful. Besides the locals, many tourists visit this area,” he said.
Klang Consumer Association president A. Davadass said he was concerned that there were no proper facilities for the disabled in the area, such as ramps and pavements.
“Those who are wheelchair-bound have difficulty moving about in this area,” he said.
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