Pylons near Cheras kindergarten worry parents

Tadika Ratu Hati in Taman Cheras Hartamas is shadowed by the high-voltage transmission lines in the background. SAMUEL ONG / THE STAR, 2ND JULY 2016.

TAMAN Cheras Hartamas folk in Cheras are concerned about the health implications on those in the vicinity once the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) high-voltage transmission line project is up and running in the area.

The parents and teachers of some 70 children at the Tadika Ratu Hati in Jalan CH1 said two of the monopoles would be built behind the kindergarten; which is just too close for comfort.

Kindergarten headmistress Puspa Latha said the parents were unsure of the long-term health implications of having the pylons so close to the building.

“Many of the parents have said they many not continue sending their kids here once it’s operational.

“With one of the monopoles up at about 100m away, even the children are asking why there is a huge structure there,” she said, adding the second monopole would only be 53m behind the building.

She said the children, ranging from one to six-year-olds, were more susceptible to illnesses from the electromagnetic field (EMF).

Parent Rosli Mohamad, 54, said he was not comfortable sending his children to the kindergarten, which also doubles as a day care centre.

“We need more information as we are not convinced about the project’s effect on our health, specifically exposure to EMF emitted by the towers,” he said.

Rosli, who has two children aged four and five years old, said he hoped the Government would step in to provide a solution.

Teratai public complaints bureau chief Ben Liew had requested the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and Hulu Langat Land Office to revoke the work order for the project pending discussions.

“The residents have sent numerous letters and memorandums on the issue to the Selangor government but to no avail.

“I will discuss with residents here on what the next course of action should be,” he said.

The high-voltage transmission line project is part of the National Grid network to supply power to the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant project and the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.

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