Taman Batu View residents give cold shoulder to cold room

Residents along Jalan Batu Kisar in Taman Batu View, off Jalan Kuching, are against Kuala Lumpur City Hall's (DBKL) proposal to allow an industrial cold room to be built in the housing area.

The site is currently a partially-occupied lot along Jalan Batu Kisar.

The residents of those houses along the road had received a letter from DBKL in mid-April informing them of the proposal, with a two-week period for the residents to voice their objections.

Batu parliament constituency coordinator Dominic Lau today took heed of the residents’ complaints and views on why the cold room should not be built.

Most of them were worried that the residential road would be filled with container lorries and trucks heading to the proposed facility, thus damaging the road as well as making it unsafe for residents.

“We already have one major cold storage facility on the other side of the main road to serve the wholesale market. Why build another one here? It’s a residential area,” said Herrington Fernandez, a long-time resident.

Several others also said they were worried for their safety, giving personal experiences where lorries had sped along residential roads despite the speed bumps.

Another resident said DBKL needed to consider pollution issues such as gas emissions with having an industrial-sized facility in a residential area.

Lau said he would quickly meet with DBKL officers to present them with the residents’ objections.

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