Jun 15, 2008 By CHRISTINA LOW
HOW would you like to live in an area where more than 50 lorries laden with sand are driven to and fro in front of your house daily?
This is what residents of Taman Sri Segambut and a neighbouring residential area known as Bamboo Garden have to bear with daily.
Speaking out: Lim (right) listening intently as Saw explains his side of the story.
The lorries are used to carry sand from an area at the end of the road.
“They move in and out carrying sand daily and we had to shut our windows and doors because it is just too dusty,” Wong Kong Ban, 57, said.
On top of the noise and dust pollution, the safety of the residents, especially children and old folks, is also threatened.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng visited the site recently to see how bad the situation was after receiving numerous phone calls and complaint letters from the residents.
Lim said Batu MP Tian Chua had also informed him of the problem as the area borders both the constituencies.
Chua, who had also been approached by residents to help them resolve the matter, had sent a letter to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) last month.
Off they go: Lorries transporting sand out of the area.
He had asked the DBKL whether the sand removal activities had the approval from the authorities, but there was no reply from City Hall.
During a recent StarMetro visit to the site, the workers there shouted at the journalists.
“We have no choice but to use the residential road as there is no access road out to Jalan Kuching from here,” a worker said.
The residents claimed that the lorries had also driven through the playground as an alternative route out of the site.
They had not only damaged a section of the park but also the concrete slabs on drains.
However, an officer in charge of the site, who only wanted to be known as Saw, denied that they had used the playground.
“We don’t use the playground at all, only the road leading to Bamboo Garden,” Saw said.
He also said the workers were not there to steal sand but to take the sand in to be cleaned before transporting it out to construction sites.
“We have been renting the lot for three months now, and there are three more months before our contract ends,” Saw said.
Asked whether the site had been approved by the DBKL for such works, Saw evaded the question but went on to say that the workers had always cleaned the roads after finishing their work each day.
DBKL’s Segambut branch manager Norhaslinda Nordin also inspected the site, the first time she has visited the place, and took note of several matters.
Norhaslinda claimed that the DBKL did not receive Chua’s letter and was not aware of the problem.
“We will check thoroughly before taking further action,” Norhaslinda said.