RESIDENTS of Maxwell Towers condominium in Gasing Indah, Petaling Jaya, complain that they are blocked from a convenient exit in their neighbourhood when they are travelling by car, due to a roadblock and a locked boom gate.
The locked boom gate in Jalan 5/58, across from the Gasing Veterinary Hospital, prevents the condominium’s residents from turning right to exit their neighbourhood via Jalan 5/58 and Jalan 5/69 to go to Petaling Jaya.
Meanwhile, the roadblock in Jalan 5/46 is part of several road closures enforced by Petaling Jaya police at the start of the movement control order on Jan 13.
Residents can only turn left into Jalan 5/46, which leads them to Kuala Lumpur through Pantai Dalam, which is breaching the interstate travel ban set by the government.
Maxwell Towers resident Parveen Sidhu said she could not drive home to the condo and was asked by the police manning the roadblock to drive towards Kuala Lumpur and enter through Pantai Dalam.
“I had to park my car near the playground, in front of the landed property along Jalan 5/58, because I was unable to turn towards the Petaling Jaya side.
“The residents at Maxwell Towers are mostly senior citizens and they cannot drive out to buy groceries at the supermarket in Petaling Gardens, ” she said.
StarMetro visited the area and discovered that the Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd (KDEB) Waste Management Sdn Bhd waste collection workers under Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had difficulty entering Jalan 5/58 because of the cars parked on the roadside, blocking their way.
One car was parked directly in front of the boom gate and when the contractor called the number left on the dashboard to get the owner to move the car, the person on the line denied it was theirs.
People who want to visit the veterinary hospital also cannot enter via Jalan 5/46, so they have no choice but to drive up Jalan 5/69 and turn right into Jalan 5/58 to park haphazardly on the roadside and walk to the hospital.
Jalan 5/46A in front of the hospital is a one-way street up from Jalan 5/46 and Jalan 1/132 from Pantai Dalam.
“The relevant people need to open the boom gate on Jalan 5/58 and allow Maxwell Towers residents access to and from Petaling Jaya, ” said Parveen.
Another resident, Tony Moses, said the roadblock was placed in an odd location as it restricted the condominium residents’ access to their home if they drove, unless they were coming from Kuala Lumpur.
“In short, Maxwell Towers residents have to travel interstate to get back home from Petaling Jaya, ” he said.
Another of the condominium resident, Suresh Kumar Rajadurai, said this was the second time the place was cut off this way.
“We can only exit by going through another district, namely Pantai Dalam and Bangsar South which are in Kuala Lumpur.”
He said all it required was a little shift by 4.5m of the roadblock (towards the petrol station on Jalan 5/46) and the problem could be resolved.
StarMetro contacted Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal, who said the roadblock would stay at its current location.
At press time, MBPJ did not reply to StarMetro’s query on whether it was possible to open the boom gate to grant access to residents in the affected area.
Meanwhile, Gasing Indah Residents Association chairman Alfred Chuah said the authorities had ordered that the boom gate in Jalan 5/58 stay closed.
“This is to ensure people from Kuala Lumpur via Pantai Dalam do not enter the area.
“The same thing happened during the MCO last year.
“This boom gate closure is dangerous if the fire department needs access in the event of an emergency, ” he noted.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran appealed to the police to move the roadblock down the road to allow Maxwell Towers residents access to Petaling Jaya.
“Even if they move just a little, they can still block people entering from Lembah Pantai, ” he said.
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