Makeover for 2 back lanes in Sunway PJ can succeed if people don't throw food waste into drains

One of the back lanes in Sunway Metro being spruced up. Photo: AZLINA ABDULLAH / The Star

One of the back lanes in Sunway Metro being spruced up. Photo: AZLINA ABDULLAH / The Star

THE DIRTY back lanes of Sunway Metro in Bandar Sunway Petaling Jaya may soon be the life of the party once a revitalising project by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is complete. 

The Revitalising Project is part of the council’s efforts to improve two back lanes, Jalan PJS11/28A and Jalan PJS 11/28B of the commercial area. 

MPSJ is working in collaboration with Sunway Berhad as well as The One Academy. 

Council president Noraini Roslan said the project will see interlocking pavement pieces replacing the existing tar road lanes. 

The entire project is estimated to cost some RM300,000. 

Students from The One Academy meanwhile will look at brightening up the lanes with unique ideas once the pavements are complete.

“We will also be seeking the assistance of the building owners to paint the buildings as per the theme we agree upon,” she added. Sunway meanwhile will be providing the materials and workforce. 

Noraini said the project was a continuation of clean drain campaign organised to ensure a clog-free drainage system. 

She said the drains were clogged up from food remnants dumped by food operators around the business centre. 

According to her, the drains were built to accommodate only surface run-offs for rainwater. Noraini said this during the launch of the upgrading works this afternoon. 

Cleaning works have already been conducted and some 16 restaurant operators were given a briefing on proper food disposal earlier today. 

She said the briefing was necessary to ensure the rejuvenation project is sustainable and will last in the long run. 

“This area (Sunway Metro) has become a tourist hub. So we hope the lanes will be an attraction for the young people to congregate later on,” she said. 

Noraini said MPSJ hopes to change the perception that the community has against back lanes. 

She hopes once completed, building owners and shop operators would have a sense of ownership to continue maintaining the place. 

Citing MPSJ’s Jalan Kenari back lane beautification project, Noraini said the place is now a place for young people to gather and was a great place for photography as well. 

She hoped once completed, the back lanes of Jalan PJS11/28 A and B would be well used by the public as well. 

“If the back lanes are busy and have people walking about, it will be also safe as it would deter crime from taking place,” she added. 

The works are expected to be completed by September 2018.