Thursday, April 21, 2011

Take action against telco companies for unlawful digging

Source: (By TAN KARR WEI, 11/4/2011)
The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) should take stern action against telecommunication and utility companies who dig up roads without permits.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said he had visited at least six sites including Desa Sri Hartamas, Solaris Mont Kiara, Bandar Manjalara and Segambut Dalam where roads had been dug up without permits from DBKL. “DBKL has confirmed with me that these companies did not apply for a permit to dig up the roads,” he said. Lim was speaking to reporters in Taman Bukit Maluri, where work to lay cables for a telco company had been going on for more than two months.
Resident Lim Giam Soon, 58, who is also a committee member of the Yee Lan Bukit Maluri temple committee, said workers who dug up the road had dumped the earth into the drain along Jalan Burung Jentayu and Jalan Burung Enggang. “They started digging the road before Chinese New Year and there is still work being done at other areas. The earth has clogged up the drain and it has been left there for awhile,” said Giam Soon. He added that a stretch at the intersection of the two roads had been dug up but not resurfaced, resulting in a pothole that posed a danger to motorists. He had taken his own initiative to place two rocks and a traffic cone at the stretch to alert motorists. “The hole is quite big and dangerous for motorcyclists,” Giam Soon said.
Lip Eng urged companies who planned to lay cables or pipes to go through the proper channels. “DBKL has advised residents to inform them when they see companies digging up roads without permits. “I also hope that the DBKL can set up a special squad to check on these complaints,” he said.
As of press time, DBKL has yet to give their comments on the matter.

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