OVER 50 illegal structures including food stalls, car wash, stores and motorcycle workshops built on road reserves were demolished in a joint operation by the Klang District Land Office and Klang Municipal Council (MPK) on Thursday.
It was part of MPK’s move to improve the image of the royal town as well as to get those small businesses to conform to the council’s regulations.
Some of those structures were constructed about 10 years ago while some were just a few months old.
Council president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said the demolition exercise would be carried out in the next three months as ample time via notices had been issued to illegal stall operators.
“Stall operators who fail to voluntarily pull down the structures constructed on public walk paths will be demolished and no appeals will be entertained,” he said.
Mohammad added that the move was aimed at giving North and South Klang a new improved image.
“We can’t continue to allow illegal stalls to operate in such manner and our urban council planners must ensure that this town is well planned. MPK is not against people doing business but we want them to adhere to the council’s policies, and health and building regulations,” he said.
On Thursday, the land office and MPK swung into action and demolished a stall equipped with a kitchen and living space at the junction of Jalan Teluk Pulai and Jalan Jambu Air outside a corner terrace house.
School bus operators and other motorists using Jalan Jambu Air to get to Jalan Jambu Bol and Jalan Mengkuang had many times encountered with near misses as customers parked their vehicles along Jalan Teluk Pulai blocking the view of oncoming cars.
Mohammad said the long-standing bid to clear the streets and restore order in the town was important.
“Yes, stall operators have scolded the council for the forceful action but we need to do it. All these stalls do not have clean treated water, exposed to dust from the roads and pose a nuisance to other road users”.
“MPK must remove the illegal stalls as we can’t wait and allow an outbreak in water-borne diseases such as cholera or typhoid to wreck havoc before taking action. An ultimatum has been issued to stall operators to vacate,” he added.
Mohammad said the stalls have been dumping oil, food scraps and even garbage into the drains.
“Such irresponsible attitude causes flash floods and creates a back flow into certain housing areas like Taman Melawis. Complaints have been received on a stall built on a public walk path along the main road of Jalan Mengkuang and close to the junction of Lorong Merlimau outside a corner lot terrace house”.
“MPK has warned illegal stalls on public walk path that contributed to traffic congestion will be demolished. The operators can apply for a placement at the council’s food courts.
“Our council laws are stringent and there will be no double standards in the enforcement of the demolition order for stalls,” he said.