Miffed over eateries’ presence near basketball court

DBKL has issued a notice to the owners of two eateries to demolish their illegal structures near the basketball court in Jinjang Utara.

TWO roadside eateries are operating too close to a basketball court at a recreational park in Jinjang Utara, Kepong in Selangor, much to the dismay of residents nearby.

They claim the eateries, which operate along an adjacent road, began erecting extensions near the court early this year.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said several altercations broke out between the eateries’ customers and those playing at the basketball court in the days when dine-in was allowed.

“Customers become upset when a ball comes flying in their direction. “But locals who play there complain of reduced space due to tables and chairs placed near the court.”

Yee urged Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to order the eateries’ owners to demolish the extensions.

He also asked for a fence to be built, separating the eateries from the park to prevent further encroachments.

Known as Padang Jinjang Utara, the park comprises a basketball court, children’s playground, football field and a parking lot.

Resident and former Segambut Federal Territories Residential Representative Council Sub Zone 1 chairman Datuk Seri Yap Keow Keong said the presence of the eateries in the area was a nuisance.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah, when contacted, said a notice has been issued to the eateries to demolish the extensions.

“Checks by DBKL found that the structures were built without permission.

“DBKL is in the process of upgrading the park, which is expected to start in August,” he said.

Separately, Yap said plans were in the pipeline to build seats at the basketball court for spectators.

He added that RM140,000 has been raised to build a roof over it too. — By FARID WAHAB

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