Residents raise a stink when huge sewer pipe emerges

Residents raise a stink when huge sewer pipe emerges
Selva (right) and Foo say residents are puzzled over the thick sewer pipes that are above ground in their neighbourhood.
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RESIDENTS are concerned that a huge sewer pipe placed above ground in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, could pose danger to those living in the vicinity.

Section 14 (Jalan 14/1-14/15) Residents Association chairman Selva Sugumaran Perumal said the residents were not comfortable with it and want the pipe to be underground instead.

The sewer pipe at Jalan 14/1 is between a row of terrace houses and Millennium Place.

"In case the pipe bursts, it will be disastrous for us. We feel this structural design is unsuitable.

"We were told by the project liaison officer that there are water pipes built above the ground level. But this pipe is channelling sewage and not water," he said.

Selva also said the residents were getting foul smell from the sewer pipe and want the authorities to bury the pipe underground.

"We were told the sewer pipe was not used yet but we are getting foul smell from it.

We hope the relevant authority will resolve this issue. Maybe they can cover the pipes and make it into a walkway or bury the pipes.

"One of the officers in charge of the project has told us they may not have the budget to cover the sewer pipe," he said, adding that the pipe was placed beside a house which was vacant.

Resident Peter Foo, 74, said he experienced foul smell and had seen sewage gushing out from the pipe.

"I could see sewage gushing from this pipe into the drain from my unit in Millennium Square," he said.

Resident Muhammad Shariz Shaukat Ali said his house was located in the same row as the sewer pipe.

A Mangkubumi Sdn Bhd spokesman said the sewer pipe was initially supposed to be underground but it was changed later.

"We realised there were water pipes around the same area. This makes the placement of the sewer pipes harder and the decision was made to build the sewer pipe above ground," he said.

He assured that such placement of pipes had been carried out in other situations such as over rivers.

The spokesman added that the sewer pipes were not commissioned yet.

"These pipes are not in operations. I suspect the residents would have seen water being channelled out during the test runs.

"The pipes are made of sturdy material and residents can be assured that it will not burst, unlike plastic pipes," he said, adding the pipes were approved by the National Water Services Commission.

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