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Published: Friday August 15, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday August 15, 2014 MYT 10:54:48 AM

‘Overgrown branches could endanger motorists’

DANGLING tree branches along Jalan SS20/21 in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya are a traffic obstruction and pose a threat to motorists.

A resident, who only wanted to be known as Ooi, said the old trees located in front of SMK Damansara Utama could endanger motorists and pedestrians during bad weather.

“Although it is not the rainy season, the weather is unpredictable these days. If the branches fall during extreme weather conditions, it could cause mishaps.

“The branches also obstruct school buses that pass through the area,” said the 48-year-old retiree.

Ooi said it was better to prevent untoward incidents and, even though the trees looked strong and healthy, the overgrown branches needed to be pruned.

She added that the overgrown branches obscured the streetlights, leaving the road in darkness at night.

Petaling Jaya City Council landscape department director Zuraidah Sainan said the council would look into the matter.

“We are in the process of hiring new contractors, as some have ended their tenures.

“The existing contractors are on monthly contracts and hopefully, by October, we will be able to get new ones in,” said Zuraidah, adding that a total of 18 contractors are used by the city council to carry out landscape maintenance work.

Zuraidah explained that MBPJ was concerned about the services provided by the contractors and would review their performance from time to time.

“We have issued notices to those who have not been performing well and once their terms end, we will not renew their contracts,” she added.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Central Region, Overgrown trees along Jalan SS20 21, Damansara Kim, PJ

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