MOTORISTS are having a tough time accessing the back lane of Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 2 in Kepong as some shops have placed canopies and other items there.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Health and Environment Department officers visited the site recently and instructed restaurant and cafe owners to remove their canopies and other structures.
Community activist Yee Poh Ping said Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 2 was a very busy road, especially during peak hours.
“The back lane of the shops are used as one-way traffic by vehicles and also used for parking as there are limited parking bays here.
“Some vehicle owners are forced to double- or triple-park in the commercial area,” said Yee.
He said restaurant and cafe owners had made the situation worse by setting up canopies as an extension to their kitchens.
“With the canopies there, it is hard for vehicles to pass through. The back lane is also in poor state and has a lot of potholes.
“Leftovers from washing and cooking are visible on the back lane and they attract pests like cockroaches and rats,” he added.
Yee said these issues were causing inconvenience to the public in terms of hygiene besides depriving vehicle owners of access to the back lane.
A DBKL spokesperson said they would inspect the shops there and check their business licence.
“Those who dump food leftovers in the back lane will be issued compounds and in severe cases, we may even close the premises.
“We will give them time to clear the structures placed in the back lane. If after inspection, everything is in order we will allow them to operate,” said the spokesperson.