Car wash pro­posal to solve a dusty prob­lem

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MIRI: Demo­cratic Ac­tion Party (DAP) here wants Miri City Coun­cil (MCC) to come out with a so­lu­tion to the dusty sit­u­a­tion at Jalan Krokop Utama.

Pu­jut As­sem­bly­man Dr Ting Tiong Choon said the the sit­u­a­tion was a health haz­ard as the site was close to res­i­den­tial ar­eas and schools.

“It was un­der­stood that Krokop is an in­dus­trial area, but there are peo­ple liv­ing in the area and schools nearby. It’s un­hy­gienic for eater­ies to operate as each ve­hi­cle pass­ing by sends dust into the air,” he said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at DAP Miri of­fice on Thurs­day.

Ting sug­gested that op­er­a­tors of in­dus­tries be made to erect wash­ing bays for their ve­hi­cles to be washed of dirt and mud be­fore en­ter­ing the main road.

“The heavy ve­hi­cles will have to drive through the wash­ing bays to be washed of dust be­fore go­ing onto the road. The op­er­a­tors must change the wa­ter at the wash­ing bays oth­er­wise the prob­lem will re­turn.”

He be­lieves MCC did have rule out such re­quire­ment. It must be strictly en­forced for the sake of the health of peo­ple in the area.

Also present in the press con­fer­ence was state DAP sec­re­tary Alan Ling.

In March this year, MCC is­sued a press state­ment on the is­sue ‘Notice To Per­form Works” to firms which con­trib­uted to the dust at Jalan Krokop Utama.

The no­tices would be served un­der the Clean­li­ness By-Laws to the firms mainly in­volved in trans­porta­tion and con­struc­tion, giv­ing them one month to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion.

In the event that th­ese firms fail to com­ply with the notice, the coun­cil will con­sider sterner mea­sures in light of the many com­plaints raised by the pub­lic, in par­tic­u­lar nearby shop­keep­ers and res­i­dents.

(From se­cond left) Dr Ting, Ling and oth­ers show the dust cov­er­ing Jalan Krokop Utama.

Nancy (stand­ing front, third left) with Aidel on her right and other lo­cal of­fi­cials joins the lo­cals in a group photo at Masjid Darul Iman, Sadong Jaya.

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