Company implements mitigation measures following residents’ complaints

A noise barrier was built after residents in Jalan Cumarasami complained about noise pollution from the project close to their houses. ­— LOW LAY PHOON/The Star

NOISE disturbance, excessive vibration and flooding during downpours are some of the problems faced by residents in Jalan Cumarasami, Kuala Lumpur, since construction began on a traction power substation (TPSS) near the neighbourhood.

Resident Michael Onn said their misery began with the demolition of the two-storey building at the site in 2017 to make way for the TPSS as part of the MRT project.

“The dust and noise during the demolition period was unbearable. Similar issues resurfaced when construction work started last year.

“The situation is affecting our mental and physical well-being.”

He also expressed disappointment over the TPSS’ proximity to the neighbourhood.

MMC Gamuda was appointed Project Delivery Partner by Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) to manage and deliver the project.

A letter dated April 22 from MRT Corp to the residents stated that the project abided by the guidelines set by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which stipulated that the minimum distance from the planned building and the common boundary of Right of Way (ROW) must be 6.09m. The TPSS is 8.17m away.

Onn also claimed the piling works at the site had caused their houses to be flooded during heavy rain.

“On July 5 and 8, our houses were inundated with water that was knee-high,” he said, adding that he suspected sand from the piling works had clogged the drains and caused water to overflow.

MMC Gamuda senior public relations executive Faslika Megemai Das, when contacted, said an immediate investigation was launched following the complaint from Onn.

“We are in the midst of preparing an official reply to Onn and are working to identify the root cause of the water overflow.

“Meanwhile, short-term mitigation measures are being undertaken by the construction team to help minimise the impact.

“A noise barrier has also been installed behind the houses to minimise the noise from the construction site,” said Faslika.

A check by StarMetro found that a 4.6m makeshift barrier was erected next to the residents’ home.

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