KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) spent over RM100,000 to fix the main and side roads damaged by tipper lorries going to and from an illegal sand-washing site near 4th Mile, Jalan Kelang Lama.
DBKL Civil Engineering and Urban Transportation senior deputy director Sabudin Mohd Salleh said major resurfacing work was carried out on Jalan 1/137B, off Jalan Kelang Lama, where the damage was quite bad.
“The road was badly damaged because of the lorries used by illegal sand-washing operations.
“Since the safety of other road users is DBKL’s priority, we went ahead to repair the roads, but rest assured we will be billing the culprits,” said Sabudin.
The illegal sand-washing enterprise which had been operating on a piece of private land was permanently shut down this month.
For years, tipper lorries plying the roads to get into the sand-washing site have been damaging the roads around the area, resulting in huge potholes.
Residents and the business community complained about the road damage as well as noise caused by the trucks transporting sand in and out of the area.
Another view of the damaged roads
A shopowner who only wanted to be identified as Tan, is happy that the road has been resurfaced.
“It is really good news that DBKL has fixed the roads; the problem was quite bad.
“The road in front of the shops was riddled with potholes, some of them were so big they looked like craters.
“I used to see people attempting to swerve their vehicles to avoid the deep potholes and there were a few minor accidents too,” he said.
CK Yap, who lives nearby, said DBKL’s road repaving project was completed in just a few days and the workers did a good job making the road like new again.
“It is so smooth and looks brand new.
“I hope that we have seen the last of the sand-washing activities in this area,” said Yap.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng’s special officer Sean Oon said the illegal sand-washing operations had damaged the roads and now a large amount of public funds had to be used to repair the damage.
“If the illegal operation was closed down earlier, we could have saved the pubic this money.
“Thus, I urge the public not to suffer in silence. They must highlight any wrongdoings they encounter as soon as possible, so that we can act on it speedily,” he added.
DBKL and Federal Territories Land and Mines Office jointly moved in to shut down the illegal sand-washing site early in the month.
Over the years, residents and the business community had complained about the illegal activity that was causing a lot of social problems to the communities in the area.
Apart from tipper lorries and excavators going in and out of the site damaging public roads, the illegal sand-washing was also polluting Klang River.