RESIDENTS of several housing estates in Kampung Sungai Manggis, Banting, are calling on the Selangor Government to relocate a Puspakom centre that operates in their the area.
Villagers and residents including those from Taman Bakti and Taman Manggis Jaya are crying foul over the the centre in the area. It is located along the Klang-Banting road heading towards Dengkil.
They claim that they have become victims of traffic chaos and air pollution from the smoke released by the vehicles that visit the centre for inspection.
The affected residents have been putting up with the unbearable situation for many years and they have urged the authorities to put an end to their woes.
According to the residents, heavy vehicles often arrived as early as 6am daily, including alternate Saturdays.
At the centre, many of these vehicles were made to emit thick smoke while undergoing the computerised vehicle examination.
Following numerous complaints, a resident from Taman Bakti, who wished to remain anonymous, said the centre had recently built a hoarding to separate their compound from the housing estate.
“They have built the hoarding to prevent us from having a view of the activities at their compound but it has not helped us in any way.
“The only difference is that we don’t have to witness the heavy vehicles releasing the exhaust fumes,’’ he said.
Resident M. Samy, 62, who is a retired veterinary department employee, said the centre was located near an entrance to a community kindergarten and a mosque.
He said there were also a lot of food and drink stalls operating in the area.
“The centre is causing traffic problems for motorists as heavy vehicles, especially trailers, are parked along the emergency lane,
“Only a 5m-wide road separates my corner-house from the centre and it is an ordeal we have been experiencing since moving in here six years ago,’’ he said.
Kuala Langat district councillor P. Pathmanathan, who is also a resident of Taman Bakti, said the council had done its part by placing a gantry at the entrance to the housing estate in a move aimed at preventing heavy vehicles from entering the area.
In the past, he said heavy vehicles often parked their vehicles in the housing area while waiting for their turns for inspection.
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