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Tuesday June 8, 2010
By THO XIN YI firstname.lastname@example.org
BANDAR Botanic residents spent the World Environment Day highlighting the sorry state of a lake in their neighbourhood at The Star’s People’s Voice Carnival.
Their grouses were heard by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and developer, Gamuda Land, during the Q&A session moderated by Norina Yahya and RedFM deejay JD.
The residents felt that Gamuda Land, who has yet to hand over the water body to the MPK, should have taken its responsibility in maintaining the lake.
However, the developer said it has already increased the algae clean-up from once in
two months to once a month since July last year.
“We also have a filter to trap rubbish, and we check the filter system every month,” Gamuda acting township manager Goo Chee Kang said.
Bandar Botanic Residents’ Association chairman Nor Halim Ahmad said a grease trap should be installed too, in addition to the filter.
Goo’s remarks about the residents throwing rubbish into the drains (which eventually
flowed into the lake) caused an uproar among the residents.
“When we moved in, the lake looked great and the water was running. But now it is a pool of dead water that has become a possible mosquito-breeding ground,” resident Vanessa Ooi Szee Chen said.
Earlier, in the one-hour forum broadcast live on RedFM, Halim said the residents were attracted by the unique “home in a garden” concept of Bandar Botanic.
“We have a large central area with greenery for quality and healthy lifestyle, while the lake serves as an urban storm water management system,” he said.
MPK deputy president/secretary Mohd Ikhsan Mukri said there is a problem of illegal renovation in Bandar Botanic, and he hoped the residents would work together with the council to tackle this problem.
The public can call MPK’s hotline at 03-3371 4404 or email email@example.com.
Q: The neighbourhood has also become a rat breeding area.
MPK: Improper waste disposal in restaurants contributes to pest problems. MPK’s health and licensing departments will come down hard on dirty restaurants. We will also be introducing a two-in-one dustbin that doubles as a rat trap. Besides, we will also work with the developer to engage pest control company to tackle the problem.
Q: There are cows wandering in our housing area. Are we waiting for an accident to happen?
MPK: Instead of confining the cows in the gated areas, the herders let them wander freely. We will take away the cows and fine the herders. The state government is now identifying lands to relocate the cow herders. One possible place is Carey Island.
Q: Toilets on the ground floor of our houses cannot be used during the monsoon season due to problems in the sewerage system.
Gamuda: We built the system according to the approved plan. We have a team to follow up with Indah Water on this.
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