TWO multi-storey carparks in Kota Kemuning are underutilised because of their dilapidated condition.
The buildings owned by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), called Carpark A and C, have been around since the township was first developed more than 10 years ago.
Kota Kemuning Residents’ Association secretary Vivian Khoo, 60, said the carpark has become a necessity in recent years, especially after the business centre began to flourish.
She said most people double-parked along the roads and were causing congestion because of the lack of parking space.
“When they first opened the township, the carparks were abandoned and empty because there were not many cars. But today, the shops have all opened and people are thronging the commercial centre,” she added.
She said although the carpark complexes were available, not many ventured in there for safety reasons.
Carpark C, which is located near Jalan Anggerik Vanilla AB 31/AB, has been closed off permanently because of flooding while only the first two floors in Carpark A, located near Jalan Anggerik Vanilla M 31/M, are being utilised.
Carpark A, she said, was being used by some of the office workers in the area but the place was not without problems.
StarMetro visited the carpark with residents and Kota Raja Wanita MCA chief Chew Soo Mee recently and found that the building was in a state of disrepair with a leaking roof, pools of water on the second and third floors as well as graffiti on the walls.
The staircases were filled with garbage and the lighting was very poor, making it an ideal spot for perpetrators to prey on unsuspecting victims.
The four-storey building was dark and dingy.
The food court on the ground floor was no longer in operation and some of the wires and lighting had been stolen.
There was a car wash in the corner and inconsiderate motorists double-park, blocking the vehicles parked in the designated bays.
“The place is really scary, especially the higher floors.
“Most of the residents say they are afraid to park there,” she added.
Khoo also said residents were upset that their complaints as well as that of their councillor Tan Ah Kow had fallen on deaf ears.
“We also heard that the carparks may be turned into business outlets like Carpark B, which was converted into a supermarket. Where would people park then?” she added.
Frequent carpark user Linda Ng said the carparks need to be restored soon.
“The place is extremely dirty and there are people who double-park because they do not want to go to the top floors,” she added.
Ng said she hoped that the council would refurbish the place and provide better parking facilities for all.
When told about the plans to convert the parking complex into a commercial outlet, Ng said it would pose a problem for users like her who park for long hours.
Another resident, Lee Kok Sam, said it would be good if MBSA could appoint someone for security and provide proper cleaning services as well as maintenance for the lots.
“We heard Carpark C is going to be rented out to a furniture and furnishing company, although we do not know if it is true,” he added.
Chew, meanwhile, said the place could be extremely useful if it was spruced up and maintained well.
“This has now become an eyesore in Kota Kemuning and should be dealt with immediately.
“Soon, you will find drug addicts and other vandals making their home here,” she said.
Chew also said she would bring up the issue during a dialogue session she had planned next month between the police and residents.
She said she would work together with the residents to determine the date and time as well as the safety issues that needed to be highlighted during the event.