PILING works for a billboard caused damage to underground telephone cables in Section 10 Petaling Jaya late on Friday, causing Section 10 and parts of Section 5 to be without telephone service over the weekend.
Residents discovered the damage on Saturday morning when they saw the previous day’s discards left on the ground just outside St Francis Xavier’s Church, which is next to the Federal Highway and the Jalan Gasing/Jalan Universiti flyover.
Telekom staff surveyed the damage on Sunday night and started remedial works yesterday morning.
“This is a good example of what happens when a survey is not done prior to construction,” said Section 10 Residents Association vice-president Ronnie Danker.
“We feel that if these little emperors are not monitored, there will be billboards in Petaling Jaya every 100m.”
Residents were not certain if the construction was legal or not, but there were no signboards with details of the construction, as required by law.
This is the second piling work done in Section 10 along the Federal Highway that has damaged underground utilities.
Poly Dimension Sdn Bhd did the first at the end of Jalan 10/10, where an underground monsoon drain was located. Residents have reported that the area now floods whenever it rains.
Church spokesman Magdalene Simon said the piling works were done close to the church wall and structural damage could have occurred had the piling not stopped.
“There have been three billboards springing up in front of the church along Jalan Gasing since the beginning of the year, and all of them were put up without consultation with any residents or the church,” said Simon.
“The billboards block the view of the church and people have been having trouble locating it. Now, someone wants to put a huge billboard in front of the church.”
The Petaling Jaya Municipal Council could not be reached for comment at press time.