Hawkers causing obstruction in Sri Hartamas


Roadside hawkers in Sri Hartamas are taking up the pedestrian walkway and parking lots.

THE presence of street vendors mushrooming in Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur is not sitting well with residents in the neighbourhood.

Residents said customers’ cars parked along the roadside obstructed traffic flow.

They said the mobile hawkers, who were either operating from a food truck or manning roadside stalls, should not be scattered but situated in one location.

Resident Mohd Khairul Abdul Karim, 56, said the hawkers contributed to traffic congestion.

“Cars often park by the roadside while some double-park to take away food. They should be placed in a proper location and not in the middle of the neighbourhood or commercial area, ” he said.

Property agent Ricky Lam, 64, said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had not taken action against the hawkers.

“It is fine that they want to make a living but these stalls are everywhere in Sri Hartamas. This is not the way to do it.

“Hygiene is a problem and sometimes cars are parked haphazardly. It then becomes a traffic nuisance, ” he said, noting this could also devalue property in the area.

He added that there was a suggestion previously, to build a multi- storey carpark at the Desa Sri Hartamas commercial area to house the hawkers, but nothing had happened since.

Lam also complained about an unfinished landscaping project along a road divider at the Jalan Desa Kiara and Jalan 19/70a junction in Mont Kiara.

“It has been over three years that the landscaping project is left incomplete and complaints to DBKL have fallen on deaf ears.”

StarMetro has asked DBKL for comments on the issues but has not received a response at press time. — By JAROD LIM

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