SEVERAL illegal hawker stalls near the Puchong Permai roundabout in Puchong, Selangor were demolished during a joint operation by Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ).
There were 36 stalls located along Jalan Taqwa, where 27 sold food and beverages, while the rest sold fruits, flowers and general goods.
“We had to carry out the demolition as the location was not suitable for hawkers.
“They flouted MBSJ’s temporary permit conditions, as the hawker stalls had permanent structures and were located on road reserves, ” said MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid in a statement.
He said the affected road and roundabout were included in the city council’s infrastructure upgrade plans that would be implemented in the near future.
These include pavement work, building road medians and side kerbs.
Azfarizal said MBSJ had taken the initiative to relocate the hawkers who met the city council’s criteria to a new location under one roof in Dataran Puchong Permai.
“Two briefings were held for the hawkers, one on Oct 1 on the development planning, and another on Dec 10 last year on the relocation exercise.
“MBSJ had issued two notices in September 2019 and May last year to the hawkers notifying them that they had committed offences under Section 46 (1)(a) and Section 70 (13)(c) of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
“They were told to demolish the illegally built structures within 14 days of the notice issuance date.”
The half-day operation on Dec 27 involved 63 officers from MBSJ’s enforcement, building, engineering, environmental management and licensing departments as well as 27 policemen and six representatives from Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
MBSJ demolished five of the 36 illegal structures that were built on road reserves as the hawkers failed to comply with the two notices issued, said Azfarizal.
“The remaining hawkers have seven days from the operation date to demolish the structures themselves and they are not allowed to run any business during that period.”
He added that the city council would continue running joint operations to ensure traders complied with the city council’s regulations.
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