MPS highlights steps to legalise structures in temple complex

THE Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) has proposed several ways to legalise 20 structures within the Batu Caves temple complex.

MPS president Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said this at the council’s full board meeting yesterday.

“We presented the suggestions by our taskforce at the Selangor Economic Action Council meeting on Oct 10,” said Mohd Azizi.

The proposals to legalise the structures include proving ownership to the land as well as obtaining safety certification from the Fire and Rescue Department.

“The temple management committee or their consultant also need to come out with a letter indemnifying MPS against any future incident,” said Mohd Azizi.

Mohd Azizi revealed that the state government had also appointed a panel of three experts to conduct soil stability studies around the temple complex.

He said the taskforce had been asked to investigate the proposed cable-car site first, as this was of particular concern for the temple and its mobility-impaired visitors.

The cable-car worksite is under a stop-work order issued on June 6 this year, although it was later discovered work had resumed without council permission.

Meanwhile, MPS is also considering reworking the fee structure for licences issued to 24-hour eateries to make it more expensive.

“Several councillors have voiced their complaints about these 24-hour eateries and the sanitation issues posed,” Mohd Azizi said.

The problem, he explained, was that licence fees for a conventional establishment and a 24-hour one are the same.

“Aside from imposing a higher fee for those running 24 hours, we can also consider adding extra sanitation conditions. Shah Alam has successfully done so,” said Mohd Azizi.

Currently, the council’s Licensing Department is studying the legal implications of having a two-tiered fee structure, which could be implemented by next year.

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