Stakeholders have expressed concern over missing drain covers in front of a row of shops at Jalan Puteri 2/4 in Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor.
Pharmacy employee Siti Sarah Aisyah Handri, 33, said the rusty drain covers were removed last week when Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) cleaned the drains in the area.
“A few years ago, a pedestrian fell into the drain as there was no cover.
“Some drain covers have rusted and broke over time,” she said.
She was worried that other pedestrians might fall into the gaping holes in front of the shops.
Wong Shyan Jye, 36, who visits the area frequently, said the uncovered drains were a danger, especially to unsupervised children.
“At night, nobody will see the uncovered drain and this is risky for pedestrians,” he added.
An employee of a nearby shop, Gajendrakumar Vijayakumar, 29, echoed his sentiments.
“Certain parts of Bandar Puteri are dark and the situation is worse when it rains,” he said.
A visitor, who wanted to be known only as Lee, said MBSJ cleaned the drains and sealed off an uncovered hole in front of a sushi shop with tape.
When contacted, an MBSJ representative said drain covers were usually replaced within 10 days.
“While waiting for the new drain covers to arrive, the city council will place barriers or tape around the hazard as a safety precaution,” said the representative, adding that the holes would be covered as soon as possible.
On May 6, StarMetro reported that MBSJ carried out a three-day operation to clean drains along the back lanes of Jalan Puteri 2/3 and Jalan Puteri 2/4 in Bandar Puteri Puchong.