DECADES-old issues like illegal dumping, broken road kerbs, damaged drain covers, illegal advertisements and potholes have been fixed in Taman Sri Kuching in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur, following a cleanliness evaluation.
Taman Sri Kuching is one of the areas chosen by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Health Department under phase four of the sanitation blueprint and city ratings which was launched in April.
The evaluation exercise involved representatives from Solid Waste Management, Public Cleansing Corporation and Federal Territories Ministry.
“The result will be out in about a month.
“The district offices of areas graded A will receive RM10,000 from the federal funds and can be used to upgrade the area or for community activities,” said DBKL Licensing and Petty Traders Development Department deputy director Ismadi Sakirin.
“We are looking at four aspects, which are cleanliness, preservation of the environment, infrastructure and participation of the community,” he added.
Segambut MCA chief Datuk Daniel Ling said he was happy with the cleanliness of the area over the last five months and hoped it would last.
“This cleanliness blueprint is a success in Taman Sri Kuching. I hope the improvement will not stop here.
“The community and authorities should continue to work together and see how this place could be improved further,” he said.
Taman Sri Kuching management corporation chairman Vincent Yap said the area comprised about 1,068 units of shops and shop apartments.
“We also managed to convince 120 foreign nationals living in the area to join our gotong-royong session on Aug 20. We planted trees and painted road kerbs together.
Yap was happy with the progress but noted there were still issues that needed to be addressed, especially on the lack of parking spaces and recreational areas.
“We want all residents to have a sense of responsibility. We believe that the people can work together to keep this place clean and comfortable. It is the mentality of the people that we need to change,” he added.