24/7 eater­ies mak­ing life hell for Ta­man Wangsa Melawati res­i­dents

New Straits Times - - Opinion - Q.J.E Kuala Lumpur

I HAVE been a visi­tor to Ta­man Wangsa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, for more than 10 years.

I am ap­palled by con­ges­tion in Jalan Wangsa Melawati 3 and 1, as well as safety and hy­giene is­sues in the area. This is due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of stalls in the area.

The sit­u­a­tion has wors­ened over the past decade, from a few stalls op­er­at­ing in the day­time to nu­mer­ous eater­ies. Traf­fic has in­creased over the years as some eater­ies op­er­ate 24 hours daily.

Safety-wise, hav­ing eater­ies along road junc­tions is not a wise move. I be­lieve it is il­le­gal to op­er­ate eater­ies at traf­fic junc­tions. There is a long line of cars in Jalan Wangsa Melawati dur­ing peak hours.

For­get about road users. What about the res­i­dents in Ta­man Wangsa Melawati?

One can only guess how in­con­ve­nient it is for the res­i­dents to get in and out of their homes.

To make mat­ters worse, stalls are set up on both sides of the road.

Cars parked on both sides of the road make it dif­fi­cult for buses to turn at junc­tions.

Some mo­torists are ar­ro­gant and think they have the right to do what­ever they want.

Hy­giene is a night­mare in that area. I shud­der to think of the dan­gers of rats and lep­tospiro­sis to peo­ple. Ro­dents are a big prob­lem in the area.

I won­der why the author­i­ties have al­lowed the stalls to op­er­ate for such a long time.

How did th­ese stalls get their op­er­at­ing li­cences?

Why were new ones is­sued?

The author­i­ties have torn down the stalls’ ex­ten­sions, a re­ac­tive ac­tion rather than a proac­tive so­lu­tion. It’s time the author­i­ties looked at a long-term so­lu­tion. Stall op­er­a­tors must not be al­lowed to op­er­ate 24 hours daily. They must be moved to a safer and cleaner site.

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