OVER the past two years, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has kept repairing a height barricade pole at Jalan Alam Jaya 2A, Cheras that was continually being damaged by lorries that used it as a shortcut.
It spent a large sum of money instead of closing the road that connected to Jalan Koop as requested by residents for over 10 years.
Residents are complaining that the road is being used daily as a shortcut by non-residents who refuse to use the main road to access other neighbourhoods.
Dr B.R. Anthonysamy, whose house is located at the junction of Jalan Alam Jaya 2A, said heavy vehicles knocked into the pole numerous times, causing accidents every other day.
“Buses and lorries pay little attention to the height restriction and often plough through, causing accidents.
“It is astounding that the council would still want to use the pole despite this. Why waste the rakyat’s money if this is not working?” he said.
He suggested that motorists drive within neighbourhoods using the Persiaran Awana main road to Cheras Awana and Jalan Alam Jaya Utama.
Anthonysamy, who is Alam Jaya Residents Association president, said several police reports had been lodged after the accidents, including one by a police officer.
He added that another road in neighbouring Taman Fern Grove had a similar issue with its residents complaining for over six years to close the exit of Jalan Intan 1.
The road has become a shortcut for passers-by heading to Cheras Awana through Jalan Pakis 2 despite being able to use the main Jalan Koop Cuepacs 3.
Retiree Safiah Yusof, 69, who complained about the high volume of traffic passing her home at the entrance of Jalan Pakis 2, said she and her family had numerous fights with the drivers.
She said she could barely get in and out of her house these days because trucks and cars would speed when using the residential road.
“People have even honked at me incessantly as I parked my car inside my compound.
“It is ridiculous that I cannot access my own home.
“The noise is also unbearable because it is just a small residential road right in front of our house,” she added.
Her neighbour Soh Chai Thiam, 60, said his car had been damaged many times by passing vehicles including large trucks and lorries.
“There have been many accidents because the road is very narrow.
“Peak hours are the worst and 99% of the road users are outsiders,” he said, adding that children had to be locked indoors to keep them safe.
The residents then created the Zone 2 Residents Association Coalition to try to address the issue as a team.
Its chairman Datuk Ravi Shanker said they also had a problem with another road, Jalan Koop 3B.
Hoping to resolve all three issues, they held many discussions with MPKj and even sought the assistance of the Road Transport Department (JPJ).
“We asked JPJ to conduct a study on the feasibility of using these three roads as a thoroughfare and they deemed it unsafe and even suggested to MPKj to close them off,” said Ravi.
They managed to close Jalan Koop 3B but the other two roads remained open to traffic.
Ravi said MPKj then decided to close off the access road at the intersection of Persiaran Awana and Jalan Alam Jaya 2A to stop vehicles from using it.
MPKj also resorted to poles with height bars placed at the entrance and exit of Jalan Alam Jaya 2A.
Ravi said the council’s decision had an adverse effect on the lives of the community there who bought the houses looking for a calm and peaceful environment.
“We understand if the council does not want to respond to our complaints if there are no other routes but there is a main road for them to use,” he added.