SOME areas in Putra Heights in Subang Jaya are in the dark at night because of non-functioning street lights.
In fact, the street lights in some of these areas are switched on on some days and off the next.
In certain places, such as commercial centres that are quiet after office hours, the streets are lighted only by passing vehicles.
Laman Putra resident Adrian Looi said some streets in the Putra Point commercial area had been shrouded in darkness for months.
He said part of the problem stems from shoddy workmanship by council contractors.
“The same street lamp can break down numerous times despite being repaired time and again,”
Looi said he learnt that because of frequent maintenance call outs, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) had run out of funds to maintain street lamps for the year, as of end of October.
He said at times when it rained, the lights would trip and it would not be turned back on.
He said it was the same for its landscaping department which had run out of funds for duties such as trimming trees.
Fazalina Zamidon from Putra Avenue in Putra Heights said her area was not affected by street light failure but she noticed that the commercial areas were dark.
“The area opposite the Putra Heights LRT station is not fully occupied so it’s a dead town,” she said.
A cafe worker along Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/6b said they did not have street light issues.
However, he said when it rained, there was a chance the street lights along its row would stop working.During a drive around the commercial areas, StarMetro noted that Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/2a, Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/4 and Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/1 had non-functioning street lights.
MPSJ said the cost to maintain the lights was high and there were cable issues.
MPSJ deputy president Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali said there were issues with the cables in Putra Heights which caused the street lights to malfunction.
MPSJ corporate and strategic management department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid added that the council was aware of the situation and its Engineering Department would look into it by early December.
In terms of funds, he said, when there are projects not budgeted for the year, it must first go through an approval process, and in this case, the application for funds has been made.
All maintenance and repairs were done by the developer before the handover.