Remove moss on Jalan Selangor pavements, residents urge MBPJ

The moss-filled pavements on both sides of Jalan Selangor, near Wisma Perkeso in Section 6, Petaling Jaya pose a danger to the public.

MOSS-covered pavements along Jalan Selangor in Section 6, Petaling Jaya, may look pretty to passers-by but they are posing a danger to pedestrians.

Older folk especially find the pavements too slippery, causing them to fall.

Section 6 RT chairman Rajesh Mansukhlal said the problem has been a persistent one.

“I fell while walking on the pavement in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I had to go to the Perkeso building nearby and walked there from my neighbourhood.

“The moss covering the pavement slabs caused it to be slippery, and I fell. Luckily, I was not badly hurt.

“This pavement has become a dangerous spot for seniors. The moss covers most of the sidewalk, all the way down to the Assunta Roundabout.

“The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) should monitor the pavement conditions every month at the very least.

“The pavement runs beside a busy road and mishaps can also happen. Pedestrians could slip and fall onto the main road too,” he said.

K. Kanesan added that he has seen school students who sometimes use the pavement fall due to the slippery surface as well.

Joggers, too, are unable to use it due to the danger of falling.

Resident R. Theresa, who sometimes jogs along the one-way loop along Jalan Barat-Jalan Utara, said there were slippery spots on the pavement at the Astaka field as well.

“I hope all the pavements are inspected to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned and the moss removed.

If the city council is serious about promoting walking, cycling and using less motorised vehicles, it must make sure all pavements are safe,” she said.

When contacted Petaling Jaya area councillor Bryan Ng said MBPJ was aware of the matter and was looking into the situation.

He added that the city council would be cleaning up the pavements in stages.

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