Playground floods when it rains

Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin (right) and MBPJ personnel were present at the press conference on Thursday (Jan 22, 2015) to highlight the longstanding drain issue at Jalan SS2/72 in Petaling Jaya that frequently overflows during heavy rains

RESIDENTS of Damansara Bistari in SS2, Petaling Jaya complain that a drain along SS2/72 overflows during heavy rain.

Water from the drain runs down a slope onto the apartment’s playground before flowing down another slope onto other parts of the apartment’s compound.

Resident Junaidah Harun, 50, said that consequently left a layer soil over the apartment’s grounds, playground and badminton court.

Another resident, Tamil Marani, 53, said fewer children now playedat the playground because of its poor condition.

Damansara Utama assembly-man Yeo Bee Yin called for urgent action from Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to solve the issue.

A MBPJ Engineering Department representative said cables from Tenaga Nasional Bhd under the drain had contributed to the backflow problem.

He said another problem was that wood and rocks were buried under the slope between the drain and playground.

“Over time, the wood in the soil decayed, causing holes to form in the soil,” he said.

Yeo said MBPJ’s Landscape, Health and Environment and Engineering departments should sit together and come up with a solution.

She said the slope also needed to be rehabilitated and the playground repaired.

She called on MBPJ to use its cash reserve if cost is a factor.

“MBPJ has over RM300mil in cash reserves and should not ignore this problem because of funding,” she added.

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