A SUGGESTION to set up a new task force to address infrastructure issues at low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur, has been mooted by Batu MP Tian Chua.
The task force, Tian Chua said, would help residents of low-cost flats with dire infrastructure problems to finance large projects.
He said the task force should be a part of Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Urban Renewal Scheme to upgrade the lives of people in low-cost housing units.
“There is no point working towards a world-class city status if the existing and older housing projects are in disrepair,” he added.
He said there were many housing projects in the city that were built by developers but managed by DBKL, that needed a lot of repair work.
“Most joint management bodies are unable to resolve the issues because of financial constraints.
“This is the time for the Government to step in and assist.
“I think the Federal Territories Ministry should allocate sufficient capital for the necessary work to be done,” he added.
Tian Chua said this after a site visit to the Sri Perak flats in Bandar Baru Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, which were deteriorating due to lack of maintenance.
The 25-year-old flats have become semi-private after units were sold, although DBKL continues to maintain the place.
Sri Perak residents are saddled with water woes in various forms — broken pipes, flooding and leaking water tanks.
Long-time resident Tan Tin Chai, 58, said a broken pipe near the parking lot of blocks 29, 30 and 31 had been leaking more than six months and nothing had been done.
“I have lodged four complaints at the DBKL office here in the flats, two at the DBKL headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut and another two with Syabas,” he said, clearly exasperated.
He said the residents were unhappy that water was wasted as they continued to pay a flat rate of RM25 every month for the water bill.
He added that although residents had individual meters, DBKL had been collecting the flat rate to pay off the large water bill they owed for more than two years.
Tan also highlighted the problem of drains overflowing during rainy days. He claimed that one of the drains was damaged during the construction work for a primary school nearby.
After that drain was damaged some three years ago, he said, the smaller drains were prone to overflowing.
“The constant flooding has caused drains on the opposite side of the road to be clogged as well,” he added.
Another resident V. Karthik, 55, said they also faced lift problems whenever there were power cuts.
“We used to have generators that would kick in when there was a power cut, but now the generators are no longer working,” he said.
Besides the water bill, residents pay RM45 for the monthly maintenance fee.
Residents urge City Hall to resolve the issues as soon as possible, while Tian Chua said he had raised the problem with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.
“I spoke about the problem in the last meeting with the mayor on Aug 29 and I was told there were several such problems in Kuala Lumpur.
“This is why I believe the task force to look into low-cost flats infrastructure is necessary,” said Tian Chua.
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