AN UNUSED plot of land, along Jalan 25/7 in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam has turned into an eyesore for more than a year.
Residents claim the site had recently become a dumping ground in the area and they were unhappy with the lack of enforcement by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).
Resident Nicholas Hodges, 29, said people started throwing their bulk furniture since early this year.
“One of the residents got tired of people dumping garbage there and decided to set fire to it,” he said.
The burnt garbage and furniture are still evident three weeks after it was set ablaze.
In the past, the place was believed to have been used by criminals waiting to pounce on unsuspecting pedestrians.
Hodges fears the robbers would start hiding in the bushes as a hideaway once again, since the garbage has been burnt.
MBSA had sent a few officers to check on the site after StarMetro highlighted the issue in May 2013.
“Nothing has been done since and we are disappointed with the outcome of our complaint,” he added.
The street is quite lonely during the day, prompting snatch thieves to target lone, unsuspecting victims.
R. Selvamani, 32, said she and her housemates were afraid to walk through the road on their way to work.
She said most of the time, they would walk in groups or opt to call a taxi to the house if they were alone.
“We usually clutch our bags in fear because we have seen people walking through the bushes,” she said.
Her housemate, Shailaja Raman, 35, said they grew fearful after hearing stories of pedestrians falling prey to snatch theft.
She also said many people found it was easier to dump garbage at the site since there was no other place to dispose off bulk waste.
There have also been a number of dengue cases reported in the neighbourhood and residents are worried it would become worse if the land was left idle.
MBSA councillor Ruthira Surasan paid a visit to the site and said she would bring the matter up with the council’s Urban Services Department.
“It may fall under the jurisdiction of the Drainage and Irrigation Department since it is next to a large drain but we will see what can be done to solve the problem,” she added.