MBPJ to engage with residents on community gardening issues

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will engage with local neighbourhood representatives on community gardens.

Mayor Mohamad Azhan Md Amir said while community garden initiatives in line with Selangor government’s green initiatives were encouraged, residents associations were required to get the city council’s permission beforehand.

He said some residents had built community gardens without obtaining MBPJ’s go-ahead and the city council had the right to take action.

“Residents have to get MBPJ’s green-light before starting a community garden, especially in open spaces.

“We want to discuss with residents on their issues and come up with a solution,” he said after chairing the city council’s full board meeting at its headquarters yesterday.

Mohamad Azhan was responding to Zone Two councillor Danny Chan who urged MBPJ to engage with the community, especially residents associations, on setting up community gardens responsibly.

Chan was referring to a StarMetro report titled “Residents hope MBPJ reconsiders clearing out community garden” on Nov 19 where MBPJ had cordoned off a community garden in Jalan SS22A for violating park by-laws and open space gazette.

MBPJ’s Landscape Department also issued a notice to Damansara Jaya Residents and Owners Association (DJROA).

A spokesperson from the department said the area was cordoned off in line with the National Community Garden Policy that prohibits the use of parks and open spaces for community gardening.

Chan said so far, MBPJ had not received any application from residents associations on setting up community gardens.

“I urge the city council not to blindly issue notices, but consider the situation on a case-by-case basis and allow the setting up of appropriate community gardens according to set guidelines,” added Chan.

Meanwhile, Mohamad Azhan said for 2022, MBPJ allocated RM2.2mil for small drainage maintenance projects and RM3.3mil for drainage upgrading work and flood mitigation in phases, bringing the total allocation to RM5.5mil.

He said nine zones, where complaints on broken drains had been received, were identified for the implementation of small drainage maintenance projects

“Drainage upgrading and flood mitigation work will be done at flood hotspot areas, which MBPJ has identified this year, totalling 34 locations in the city.

“The project will be implemented according to the Retain Water at Source concept (Masma),” he said.

He added that the design enabled slowing down the speed of water from the drainage system’s upstream.

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