CLEANLINESS continues to be a major problem in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, particularly involving business operators.
Business owners in the area do not dispose of their rubbish properly, leading to rising rodent population.
The business area along Jalan 14/20 houses the popular Digital Mall, three international fast food chain restaurants, hawker centres and other small and medium-sized businesses.
A software business owner S.G. Krishnan, 33, said there were not enough rubbish bins provided by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and rubbish collection should be more frequent.
“The existing rubbish bins at Jalan 14/20 are small and few in number. The bins are also old and dirty. The council should provide larger bins with open lids on the top, as these are more convenient for waste disposal purposes,” said Krishnan.
He added, however, that business owners and the public must also be responsible for the mess in the vicinity.
“Business operators like me have to walk quite a distance to dispose of our rubbish behind the Section 14 market. However, many take the easy way out and dump their garbage outside their shops,” said Krishnan.
He added that the council should implement more effective measures to keep the area clean and organised.
“Fine the business owners and public for littering if you have to. However, make sure there are enough rubbish bins first,” said Krishnan.
During a check at night by StarMetro recently, rats were spotted among piles of rubbish.
Section 14 resident Dr Malini Shanmuganathan said waste should be collected more frequently in the area as it accumulated very fast.
Another issue that plagues the area is lack of parking space. This problem is compounded by mobile food vendors who hog a few parking bays. This has resulted in motorists double parking their vehicles, including using bays meant for the disabled.
Although there is a council-operated multi-storey carpark in the vicinity, most motorists prefer not to park there as it was not well lit and the parking fee was too high.
Parking fee for the whole day amounts to RM15 and this is expensive, given the condition of the carpark.
“Lightings on the third floor are faulty, while the lights in the lift are exposed as the covers are missing,” said Krishnan.
He added that a flat parking fee was not given on public holidays.
“The new town area where Menara MBPJ and the MBPJ headquarters are located is cleaner compared to Section 14.
“The council-operated multi-storey carparks are better managed or at least well-lit there. Why can’t the Section 14 business area be equally clean or better?” questioned Krishnan.
Tan Chun Lynn, who often visits the business area, said she disliked parking at the multi-storey carpark because it looked old and dark.
Tan said double-parking was a safer option.
“It is time for MBPJ to upgrade the parking facility here to make it safer, especially for women. “The staircase leading to the ground floor smells of urine and is not well-lit,” said Tan.
A food business operator who did not want to be identified, said the council should take stern action against illegal mobile food vendors who took up public parking space.
“They occupy the public parking space and obstruct traffic flow and are getting away with this,” he said.
“The council should help to legalise them and relocate their businesses to a more appropriate venue,” he added.
Several visitors in the area also concurred that the parking space for the disabled, located in front of Digital Mall, was often misused and urged the authorities to take action.
They also want operations conducted to issue summons to motorists who double-park in the area.