Councillor wants MBPJ to address pollution at crematorium

The DOE says the MBPJ crematorium at Jalan 229 has noise and dust pollution issues. — Filepic

THE dust and noise pollution at Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) crematorium at Jalan 229 must be addressed immediately.

Councillor Thayalan Krishnasamy said recommendations made by Department of Environment (DOE) in the past must be acted on quickly, especially since MBPJ was championing the green city concept.

He said if the 35-year-old crematorium was going to remain at Jalan 229, it must be installed with dust collectors.

“To reduce noise pollution, MBPJ can plant high trees to act as sound barriers. This is important as there are residential areas surrounding the crematorium.

“I highly recommend that some allocation be made under the council’s 2022 Budget to upgrade the facility,” he said.

Thayalan, who first raised the matter during the council’s full board meeting last month, added that enough funds must be allocated for the maintenance of the crematorium and surrounding areas.

He said a maintenance schedule should be drawn up and made transparent for inspection purposes.“The road inside the crematorium and surrounding area must also be resurfaced.

“It has been 10 years since the roads here were resurfaced. Potholes have developed over the years,” he added.

The crematorium area, he said, should be beautified as a sign of respect for the deceased and their grieving families.

Thayalan said a proposed crematorium in PJU must also encompass the long-term needs of the city.

“The design of the crematorium must be modern and the place must be conducive to do the last rites for the deceased.

“Planning must start now and a sufficient budget allocated for this,” he said. — By SHEILA SRI PRIYA

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