JALAN Bangau residents whose homes are located close to a stagnant pool of water want the relevant authorities to take action soon.
The pool is located on a parcel of land filled with undergrowth and trees next to Jalan Bangau 6 in Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong.
“The pool has existed since residents moved in about 20 years ago, but the situation had worsened in recent years, particularly after heavy downpours which results in accumulation of more water,” said Jalan Bangau Residents Association (RA) secretary June Ng.
Jalan Bangau RA deputy chairman Muhammad Neil Abdullah expressed concern for the residents’ health and safety.
“The stagnant water poses a health hazard as it serves a mosquito breeding ground,” he said.
“Because the pool is located close to the Jalan Puchong main road, it could be a matter of time before the road collapses due to the soft soil or water spillover.”
Ng said a number of dengue cases had been reported among the residents, with even three of the security guards posted at the Jalan Bangau 6 guardhouse falling ill.
“Somebody should take responsibility of this site and have it properly maintained before anything untoward happens,” said Muhammad Neil, adding “a child could accidentally fall into the pool and drown.”
The Jalan Bangau residents said that complaints to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and MPSJ councillor in charge of their neigbourhood have fallen on deaf ears over the past four years.
Puchong MCA chairman and Kinrara state liaison officer Datuk Wong Hock Aun said the site of the pool was previously a valley sandwiched between the new and old Jalan Puchong, with the latter now used as an internal road for the Taman Tenaga neighbourhood.
Wong said he would write to Syabas and MPSJ to ascertain the status of the land and find out who is its rightful land owner.
“Besides concerns of the site being a breeding ground for mosquitoes and snakes, the residents are worried that the Jalan Puchong main road could cave in due to soil stability issues,” he said, adding that it was previously used as an illegal garbage dumpsite.
“As there have been previous incidences of road cave-ins near IOI Mall, behind the One Puchong commercial centre and at 18th Mile Puchong, the residents do not want something similar to happen as it could affect their lives and safety as well as that of public road users.”
Wong said the the pool should be drained away as an immediate measure.
“They can then cover up and upgrade the site into a recreation park by using funds from the Selangorku Grant,” he said.
When contacted, MPSJ councillor in charge Loka Ng said he would look into the matter soon.