Action on land owner if property not cleaned up
Published on: Thursday, August 13, 2020
By: Sidney Skinner
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A housing project is due to take off on this undeveloped land in Manggatal.
THE owner of an undeveloped piece of land in one part of Manggatal, will be instructed to clean up the property including tending to the overgrown grass, weeds and trees.

A City Hall spokesman said a notice to this affect would be delivered to the rate-payer.

“The individual will been given a grace period in which to get the property in order,” he said.

“If nothing is done, then further action will be taken.”

City Hall’s action was prompted by a rate-payer’s misgivings about the unkempt condition of the land located behind Lorong 4/ 1B in Taman Bukit Sepanggar.

He was under the impression that the property might be an “open space” and decried the local authority’s failure to look after the land.

On top of having to clean up the dried leaves and fallen branches which littered his compound, the individual said the property was a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The resident said he had contacted City Hall several times about the problems caused by the undeveloped land over the past few years.

The rate-payer provided Hotline with the location of the “open space” in question, which was forwarded to the City Hall. The spokesman clarified that the property was part of a road reserve, with the stretch being built after the adjacent land had been developed.

“We understand that a housing project is due to be built on the land at some point,” he said.

“The landowner will be asked to tend to the trees and weeds on the land from time to time until the work begins.”  

LAM, who lives in Taman Bukit Sepanggar, decried “the open space” at the back part of his home as being an eye-sore.

He said this area had not been maintained as no action had been taken to trim the grass and trees there in some time.

“It is covered with overgrown trees, plants and weeds and look as if a jungle has formed there,” he said.

“I constantly have to sweep up the dried leaves which fall into my compound from this land.”

He also voiced his concern that the open space might become a breeding ground for pests.

“Snakes and rats have begun to find their way from the direction of this land.” 

Lam feared that unscrupulous parties might take advantage of the poor condition of the open space to carry out misdeeds.

“This area creates a bad impression of the neighbourhood, especially in the eyes of those visiting the area for the first time.

“I have reported these goings-on to City Hall repeatedly over the past few years.

The staff who recorded these grievances assured him that action would be taken.

“The workers will some times cut the grass and remove some of the overgrown weeds for a few metres beyond the perimeter fence.

“The rest of the area is just left to grow wild.”

Lam said, at one stage, he said an officer in the agency’s Landscaping Department informed him that this property was a reserve owned by the government.

“If this so, why is are the local authorities failing to maintain the land, instead of allowing it to become a nuisance to the public living nearby.” 

The spokesman explained that City Hall workers had been tending to a five-metre-portion of the undeveloped land as a gesture of goodwill to the rate-payers living in the vicinity.

“However, we cannot do this regularly as the terrain is too steep and the unkempt greenery is too dense of our staff to handle,” he said.


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