MORNING market traders and business owners in Section 17, Petaling Jaya are losing business because upgrade works on roads have been dragging on for the past two months.
The upgrade works, involving several roads in Section 17, have been a bane for hawkers, business owners in shoplots and residents.
“The project started on March 22, and it has been two months and work on Jalan 17/38 has not been completed,”said Morning Market Hawker Association president Jeff Low.
The roads involved in the infrastructure upgrade works are Jalan 17/38, Jalan 17/44, Jalan 17/27 and Jalan 17/29.
Low said instead of completing the roadworks at Jalan 17/38, the contractor started work at Jalan 17/27 and this caused even more inconvenience to customers wanting to get into the Section 17 commercial area.
“We are currently faced with a lack of parking bays.
“We have approximately 200 customers coming in daily and they park at non-designated parking areas because there is not enough parking space, and have been slapped with summonses by the authorities,” said Low, who urged Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to consider their plight and be lenient.
Spice trader Sureas Perianan said, “Initially, we had 150 parking bays but with the current condition it has reduced to about half that number.”
Low said traders noticed a drop in customers because of the difficulty in finding parking in the area.
Sureas added that the drains, which were being built, were only covered with plywood.
“The drains are about 16-feet deep, and it is very dangerous as they are temporarily covered with plywood,” said Sureas.
Traders are also concerned over the replacement of electric poles as well as building of underground pipes which have caused temporary power cuts as well as water disruption.
“We are happy the roads are being upgraded, but the fact that it is not done according to the schedule has impacted our livelihood,” said Low.
The project’s public relations consultant Shalini Sockalingam said: “The dates that were stated on the notice that was handed out to residents were only an estimation.
“It takes time to coordinate with TNB and Syabas. I hope the traders can be patient as we are working on upgrading the area for their benefit as well.
“The drains are in the process of being upgraded, hence the reason we have placed plywood on them temporarily” she added.