Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sleepless in PJ Section 22 - NST

April 23, 2008 By JADE CHAN

THE noise pollution as a result of an ongoing condominium project called Paramount View Condominium has been a cause for concern for a group of residents in Section 22, Petaling Jaya.

“The project is located at the old squatter area of Taman Aman, near the Paramount Garden LRT station, and is near the Section 22 and SS1 residential areas, as well as the Sri Aman Flats,” said Kg Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San.

“The construction activities and heavy vehicles moving in and out have caused sleepless nights for the residents.

“The construction workers are only allowed to work from 8am to 6pm, but there were times when they worked right up to 9pm or even 1am!” he said.

“The local council (Petaling Jaya City Council or MBPJ) never approved the longer working hours because the project is located near residential areas.

“We want to achieve a win-win solution. During a meeting I organised last week between MBPJ, the developer and residents, we managed to reach a consensus that the developer can work from 7am to 7pm till November (when the project is estimated to be completed).

“They're only allowed to work from Monday to Saturday, and not on Sunday and public holidays.”

The project is supposed to be 12 storeys high with 233 units built in total.

“The heavy vehicles moving in and out of the construction site caused the previous access road from Lorong 22/44D to neighbouring lanes to collapse, and the developer has yet to have it repaired,” said resident Abdullah Sani, 42.

“Coincidentally, the number of break-ins have increased and the construction area has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.”

Another resident, Hisham Zafian, 40, said the houseowners are also concerned about the increase in traffic at the present access road, Jalan SS1/25, once the project is completed.

Lau said the residents had suggested having the entrance to the condominium through the existing landscaped garden on government TOL (Temporary Occupational Licence) land.

“I will check if the proposed access is a viable option or not, since Jalan SS1/25 is connected to Jalan 22/44. There are also technicalities to look into and whether it will affect other residents,” he said.

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