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Friday, 22 September 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Cheras residents still at odds with hikers

THE haphazard parking nightmare faced by Taman Wangsa Cheras residents has yet to be resolved.

Hikers continue to access the Bukit Sungai Puteh Forest Reserve through the neighbourhood.

They trek the forest reserve that stretches from Hulu Langat to Cheras, park indiscriminately along Jalan Wangsa 1/6 and 1/8, and make it difficult for vehicles to move in and out.

Despite constant reminders, residents claim that the hikers still indiscriminately park along the roadside and in front of houses, inconveniencing the residents.

Taman Wangsa Cheras Rukun Tetangga chairman Tan Bee Khin said the problem usually occurred during the weekends but the recent five-day break saw more people coming to the neighbourhood.

Tan and her fellow residents have asked the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and the state government to intervene and resolve the issue, but to no avail.

Residents also face problems with rubbish collection since the garbage trucks could not manoeuvre through the narrow roads due to the cars parked on the road shoulders.

“This is getting out of hand. We are tired of arguing with the hikers. We have no problem with them trekking the forest behind our houses but causing us inconvenience is another thing,” Tan said.

She added that it was fortunate the garden waste contractors helped residents pick up empty plastic bottles and rubbish left behind by the trekkers.

There are parking spaces before the entrance of the neighbourhood that the trekkers can use but most opt to park closer to the trail entrance.

StarMetro first highlighted the problem between trekkers and the residents in the article “Hikers and residents butt heads over haphazard parking” on July 25.

In the article, Selangor Forestry Department director Dr Mohd Puat Dahalan confirmed that the forest reserve was off limits to the public and that the access was from residential areas.

Since the access was from a residential site, it was beyond the department’s jurisdiction, Dr Mohd Puat added.

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) public relations head Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman said the council was conducting routine checks to ensure the traffic situation was under control.

“We have also forwarded the matter to several other relevant agencies to resolve the issue together,” he said.