Delayed sewerage project angers residents

The pit that was dug for the sewerage project is now filled with rainwater.

JALAN Tanjung Sri Damansara residents in Petaling Jaya are angry over a pit that was dug for a sewerage project that never took off.

Rainwater has now collected in the 6m-wide pit causing much inconvenience to the residents of Jalan Tanjung SD13/3.

The two-way road has also been reduced to only one lane causing traffic congestion.

The problem was one of many others raised by the residents during a meeting with Damansara MP Tony Pua, Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elizabeth Wong and Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) representatives.

Bandar Sri Damansara, Jalan Tanjung Residents Association protem chairman Azam Abdul Aziz said the residents were also in the dark on the timeline of the sewerage project.

“We don’t know when this project will end, and if the hole will be covered up if there is a delay in the project,” he said.

An IWK spokesman said the project was not abandoned but delayed.

“When we dug the hole, we found rocks and this had delayed the project that was supposed to have been completed in November this year.

“However, we will apply for an extension to the project. We will try to cover the hole in three weeks time,” he said.

Wong said she was never consulted or given a time line by IWK over the sewer project.

She hoped for better communication and dissemination of information by the contractors to her office, the residents and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

She also expressed her disappointment with MBPJ for not sending a representative to the meeting with residents.

On another matter, residents said it was time the city council relooked into a kindergarten that expanded over the years, causing traffic congestion and parking woes in the neighbourhood.

They also called for a plot of land at Jalan Tanjung SD13/4 in the neighbourhood to be turned into a recreational park and for Jalan Tanjung SD3/3 to be not accessible to non-residents.

A resident said about 19 years ago, the early residents of the neighbourhood consented for a house owner to set up the kindergarten. However, the school now has more students causing an inconvenience to nearby residents.

“We cannot drive in or out of our houses because parents who come to this kindergarten to send and pick up their children park their cars outside our houses.

Sometimes, they are not even inside the car, preferring to get out of their vehicles to chat with one another outside our houses.

“The school also carries out activities even after school hours. It is time this kindergarten moved to a suitable location elsewhere with ample parking,” said a resident.

To this, Wong told the residents that they could withdraw their support for the kindergarten if they felt it was no longer suitable to be in their neighbourhood as well as ask the city council to regazette the road in question, stating reasons.

Pua told the residents that area councillors, who were recently appointed, would work with the residents on the problems they faced.

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