Scheme plagued with many
Arutchelvam Kumaran says the stench from the farm is unbearable
KUALA SELANGOR: The lack of security is not the only issue the residents of
Saujana Utama have to contend with. The scheme is plagued with many other
problems as well.
The residents claimed that the stench from a farm is unbearable and there
are also hordes of flies because of it.
"The farm is metres away from my home and every morning we have to put up
with the foul stench and the flies," said Arutchelvam Kumaran, a resident of
Saujana Utama 3.
The farm beneath the high tension cables has been there for at least 30
years. A check with Tenaga Nasional Bhd revealed that although the farm was
under the cables adjacent to Saujana Utama, it was on private land.
Residents also complained about the deplorable conditions of the roads,
street lighting and general maintenance of the "exclusive" development
Resident Gary S. Shaw said the roads were riddled with potholes, which had
led to accidents.
"We paid premium prices for our homes and for promises that never
materialised. There is also a problem with the street lights. Many do not
work, adding to the security risk."
He said they had forwarded their complaints to the Kuala Selangor Municipal
Council (MDKS) but little was done.
A council spokesman said the council could not take over the management of
the roads as the developer had not met its maintenance guidelines.
"Privately owned roads in housing projects need to be properly maintained
and equipped with the necessary fixtures, such as street lighting, before
the council can take over.
"We have told the developer to repair the roads and we have also instructed
many of the owners to maintain their lots," he said.
Saravana Kumar said the overgrown weeds had led to clogged drains which were
breeding grounds for aedes mosquitoes.
He claimed there were electrical cables running haphazardly from unsecured
TNB junction boxes near his home.
Shaw noted that MDKS had improved its rubbish collection and grass cutting
services but nothing had been done about the other complaints.
"Because of the problems, the property value here has dropped by 45 per cent
over the years. The owners will incur huge losses if they were to sell,
provided they can find a buyer in today's market."