A RM14,400 tree replanting project at a suburb in Petaling Jaya last year has turned out to be a success story.
Bandar Utama assemblyman Jamaliah Jamaluddin said her team worked closely with Petaling Jaya City Council’s Landscape Department since May 2018 to plant more trees to green the city.
“One of the projects we managed to lobby was to replace old trees along the commercial area and residential roads of SS20/10 and SS20/1 as they posed a danger to the public, ” said Jamaliah, who inspected the site with MBPJ councillor Loyis Uding.
She said the decision to fell the old trees was made only after engaging residents and the area councillor.
Eight old trees were cut down as they were dead and their roots were infested with termites, she said. Falling branches or trunks of dead trees could damage parked cars and put lives of passers-by at risk, she added.
The greening project involving three areas in SS20/1 and SS20/10 was completed last August. It saw the cutting down of eight old trees and the replanting of 48 new ones.
The project, carried out by MBPJ contractor Anak Kampung Resources, saw 36 tembusu and 12 eugenia trees being planted.
“The 1.29m saplings have now grown to a height of 2.1m, ” said Loyis.
The choice of tree species was recommended by residents who wanted shady trees that did not grow too tall and needed minimal maintenance.
“We will have more engagement between the council and residents to find out if there are more areas that need trees planted, ” added Loyis.
Apart from greening the landscape of SS20, the project addresses residents’ concern over the lack of privacy as their houses can be viewed from a nearby 40-storey office building.The green stretch also acts as a buffer against noise and air pollution for residents of SS20/1, whose houses face the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP).
Former SS20 Rukun Tetangga chairman Eileen Thong was happy that MBPJ helped to see the project through.
“We hope MBPJ will continue to maintain the trees and conduct constant checks to ensure they continue to grow well, ” she said, and hoped that more trees would be planted in the SS20/10 area, especially the flowering variety.