Selangor Journal

Take action: Prevent reserve lands turning into garbage disposal sites

SHAH ALAM, JAN 4: A piece of land reserved for Tamil schools at Jalan 18/19, Taman Kanagapuram, Petaling Jaya, has become an  illegal garbage disposal and burning site.
Bukit Gasing Assemblyman R.Rajiv said the site is reserve land for schools but has been abandoned without any development, so it has become a garbage disposal site.
“Since 2012, the Federal Government announced that they will build a Tamil School on the reserve land but there has been no action until now. Not only that, but there are also no representatives who look after or monitor the area.
“When it has been abandoned for too long, the area becomes a waste disposal and burning site, causing unpleasant odour to residents in the surrounding area.
Approximately 800 houses nearby are affected by the smell and smoke from the illegal burning.
Rajiv said he was informed by residents that in the early mornings, individuals will conduct the open burnings and the smell will drift around the housing area causing discomfort to residents.
He said the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has cleaned the site many times and has also held meetings with the Education Ministry and issued circulars, but there is still no solution to the problem.
Rajiv emphasized that the Education Ministry has the responsibility to look after the site and should build a concrete wall to prevent anyone from entering the site.
“It is advised that if the Education Ministry is unable to build a school in the near future, they can temporarily turn the site into a football field. This is to prevent it from becoming an illegal waste dumping ground,” he said.

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