Taman Kinrara residents using longer route and putting up with traffic jams

A cave-in in Jalan TK5/1, Taman Kinrara Section 5, Puchong, that occurred more than three weeks ago has yet to be repaired and is inconveniencing residents who have to use a longer route to go in and out of the area.

Taw Song Woon, 56, who lives at Koi Legion Condominium, said since Jalan TK5/1 was not accessible motorists had to use Jalan Merbok in Puchong and Taman Kinrara Section 3 and 4 to get to the road.

“This is causing massive jams along the routes,” said Taw.

Unhappy lot: Shahrul (fifth from right) explaining to Wong (seventh from right) about the repair work.

Coffeeshop owner Soo Hai, 73, said his business had been affected.

“My regular customers cannot access the main road to get to my coffeeshop and had to use Jalan Puchong Jaya, Jalan TK3 and Jalan TK4, which are longer routes.

“This has affected my business by 40% as I don’t see most of my regular customers anymore,” said Soo, who opens his shop daily from 6.30am to midnight.

Puchong MCA chairman Datuk Wong Hock Aun said the delay in repairing the road was due to a sewage pipe leakage near Koi Legion Condominium in Jalan TK5/1.

“The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) repaired the road, but the cave-in occurred again,” he told reporters in Taman Kinrara 5 yesterday.

Wong said Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) found that the leakage occurred at a depth of six metres.

“The alternative roads are congested during peak hours from 5pm to 7pm and the residents are unhappy because the repair work is taking a long time,” he said, adding that the area also had a stench when it rained.

He urged IWK to speed up the repair work.

IWK communications manager Shahrul Nizam Sulaiman said the delay in repairing the pipe was due to the soil condition, the location of the pipe as well as the rainy weather.

“The leakage involves a 9m stretch of the underground pipe and it is connected to the Indah Water Regional Treatment Plant. The damage is massive and had caused the road to cave-in.

“The pipe, which is 1.3m in diameter is made of mild steel and we have to cover it with concrete at point of leakage to solve the problem,” said Shahrul, assuring the residents that the RM100,000 repair work would be completed in a week.

Article source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/10/21/central/9738987&sec=central

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