RESIDENTS from a row of about 15 double-storey terrace houses in Jalan Bunga Tanjung 7, Taman Bunga Tanjung in Butterworth are upset with an ongoing road- widening project that stretches close to their front gates.
Businessman Inderjit Singh said Public Works Department (PWD) officials drew white lines that were barely 1.8m from his house gate and those of his neighbours about a month ago.
He said contractors started breaking the road pavements in front of their houses as well as along a pedestrian walkway across the road two weeks ago.
“I heard from the contractors that the plan was to widen the present dual-lane road to four lanes for a distance of about 200m from the Jalan Raja Uda-Jalan Bunga Tanjung 7 junction.
“And if they go by the white markings, half of my car will be sticking out onto the proposed widened stretch if I park my vehicle outside my gate,” he said when Barisan Nasional’s Bagan parliamentary coordinator David Chua visited the area on Tuesday.
Goay Ah Seang, 62, said he was worried for the safety of their families as there was no buffer area for them to gain access to their houses.
“If this is going to be turned into a main road, I am worried that accidents involving those living on this road may easily happen,” he said.
Goay said it was all right if the widening only involved the pedestrian walkway on the opposite side as there were no houses there.
J. Raman, 63, who has been staying in the area for 43 years, said no notice was given to the residents prior to the start of the road works.
“The authorities should look at overcoming the problem of motorists illegally parking their vehicles on the road shoulders here instead of widening the stretch,” he said.
Lim Boon Hai, 56, said the houses there flooded every time it rained heavily, adding that the authorities should look into widening the drains and constructing proper outlets to the monsoon drain across the road.
Chua called on the state government to listen to the plight of the residents whom he said have been living there for many years.
“The particular road stretch has heavy traffic only during peak hours, especially when parents send and fetch their children from school.
“During other times, the traffic flow is quite smooth and therefore there is no pressing need to widen this stretch,” he said, adding that there were at least six outlet roads connected to the area.
Chua said it was claimed that the road widening was to cater to those who would move into a new apartment project that was under construction in the neighbourhood.
Bagan Jermal assemblyman Lim Hock Seng said he would talk to PWD officials on the buffer zone fronting the residents’ houses.
“The PWD has allocated RM150,000 to widen part of Jalan Bunga Tanjung 7 and install a set of traffic lights at the junction near Jalan Raja Uda.
“This is to cater to the thousands of motorists using this road stretch daily as well as to cater to new development projects nearby,” said Lim who is also state Public Works, Utilities and Transport Committee chairman.