THE overgrown foliage encroaching into the road and partly obstructing the ramp opposite Phileo Damansara in Section 16, Petaling Jaya will be cleared soon, assures Sprint Highway management Lingkaran Trans Kota Holdings (Litrak).
StarMetro highlighted the issue on Nov 30 and a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) spokesperson had claimed that they were looking into the matter, but the situation remains the same until now.
The ramp is located above Sprint Highway and the trees and shrubs are growing on the land next to it.
The land comes under DBKL’s jurisdiction and should be rightfully maintained by City Hall.
Poor maintenance in the past months had caused the foliage to grow wild and has since taken over part of the road.
This is also not the first time that it had happened, as StarMetro had reported similar occurrences in the past years.
Litrak communications head Shah Rizal Mohamed Fawzi said DBKL was in the midst of obtaining a work permit for tree trimming works within the highway alignment.
“We understand that the work will be carried out at the end of this week, ” he said.
DBKL could not be reached for comments at press time but its spokesperson had said in the earlier report that maintenance work would take more time than usual, as a contractor needed to be appointed to carry out the work.
The spokesperson explained that trimming and maintenance works in the area were complex.
He said due to the location which bordered Sprint Highway, the tree trimming contractors would have to request permission from Litrak to gain access to the area.
“At present, maintenance is done upon receiving a complaint, which causes a delay, ” he said.
S. Shantini, who works in an office near the area, said DBKL was taking too long to act.
“On behalf of my employer, I filed a complaint with DBKL on Oct 8.
“It has been almost three months now and nothing has been done about it.
“I was told on Nov 3 that the tree trimming works would be done by Nov 14, ” she said.
She explained that her employer was very concerned about the danger the overgrown foliage posed to motorists and wanted the authorities to act before anything untoward happened.
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