THREE decommissioned oxidation ponds in Taman Sentosa, Klang, are an ugly sight with overgrown vegetation.
All three ponds, each measuring more than the size of a football field, were shut down in stages from 2016 to 2017, and the sites have been neglected since then.
KRT Zone A Taman Sentosa chairman Mariammah Subramaniam said the ponds used to have high walls around them, but since they are no longer operational no maintenance work had been carried out.
One pond is located between Jalan Dato Yusuf Shahbudin 20 and 23, between a row of terrace houses and Villa Sentosa, a cluster of low-rise apartments.
Another pond is located between Jalan Dato Yusuf Shahbudin 10 and 11, just across the main road of Jalan Dato Yusuf Shahbudin 3, outside Klang Municipal Council’s Sentosa Food Court.
The third pond at Jalan Dato Dagang 15 was closed in 2017.
Mariammah pointed out that one side of the wall of the oxidation pond closer to Jalan Dato Yusuf Shahbudin 23 had collapsed onto the field three months ago after a thunderstorm.
“We are worried that the other walls will collapse as cracks have appeared on them and the walls are tilting towards the road across the terrace houses,” she said.
She added that the KRT Zone A, Taman Sentosa had advised residents not to park their vehicles along the walls surrounding the ponds for fear they would give way.
Mariammah said the oxidation ponds had been an issue since the 1990s as the aerators were not working, causing a stench.
Resident Manjit Singh, 54, said since all three oxidation ponds were decommissioned, the land should be handed over to the local council.
“It should be turned into public parks or recreational areas and not left to rot further,” he said.
Persatuan Kebajikan Prihatin Rakyat chairman Asokhan Naidu, 56, urged the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry to do something.
He added that the land should be gazetted as recreational space with a park that would benefit residents.
“Taman Sentosa covers a wide area.
“We have a large number of senior citizens and young people who need quality recreational areas,” he said.
Asokhan said a linked park will help to integrate the community and encourage people to mix.
KRT Zone B Taman Sentosa chairman Palaiya Thachinamoorthy, 59, also favoured turning the areas into a park.
Asokhan said the park could have futsal courts, playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations.
Meanwhile, Sewerage Services Department (Special Unit) senior assistant director Chan Sook Huei said the department’s investigations found that 80m of a wall at the oxidation pond closer to Jalan Dato Yusuf Shahbudin 23 had collapsed.
“We have noted that the remaining 60m of the wall has shown cracks.
“All three oxidation ponds had been decommissioned and sewage had been diverted to the regional sewage plant.
“The collapsed wall will be rectified and work will start soon,” she said.
Chan added that the department will clean up the area and continue to monitor the sites periodically.