Tuesday July 17, 2012
Residents cry foul over stinking mess
By VIJENTHI NAIR
Photo by P. NATHAN
OWNERS of 12 shophouses and 10 houses in Batu Settlement, Jalan Ipoh may soon find a solution to their clogged sewage system which had caused a stinking mess for more than a year.
National Water Services Commission (Span), Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers made a site visit to find out the source of the problem recently.
One of the shopowners Paval Arumugam said their premises were connected to a standalone sewage system which is now clogged. Paval and his neighbours also do not enjoy the services of IWK.
“However, the opposite shoplots have a different sewege system that is maintained by IWK.
“The toilets in the units downstairs are clogged and many of my neighbours have resorted to making illegal connections from the toilet straight to the drain in the back lane. It is an unhygienic practice and causes bad smell every time it rains.
“I am lucky as I live upstairs but feel embarrassed every time I have to decline a customer who wants to use the toilet. We do not mind paying IWK like everyone else but we just want somebody to take responsibility,” he said.
Taman Wahyu MIC chairman S. Nakeran has been assisting them to find a solution.
“Earlier, IWK had asked the shopowners and residents to hire private contractors to fix and maintain the system since it was a private one.
“The cost may be too high and it is not fair that they are being treated differently from their neighbours,” said Nakeran.
“Now that all three agencies concerned have visited the site, they are well aware of the situation. Span, IWK and DBKL have agreed to discuss how to solve the problem and who will absorb the cost of repair in the near future. We are looking forward to a speedy reply from them,” he said.