FREE FOR ALL: Food traders set up businesses by the roadside in Bukit Sentosa and Bukit Beruntung due to lack of enforcement
ILLEGAL stalls and restaurants in parts of Bukit Beruntung and Bukit Sentosa are growing in numbers and size. This is despite the glut of shop lots which can be rented for as low as RM300.
A Streets check here also showed that stalls at hawker centres built by the Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS) for petty traders have been converted into bigger premises through extensions.
Road shoulders are also encroached upon to build stalls which seem to be favourite hangouts for the locals, judging by the number of cars and motorcycles parked nearby.
Motorists park their cars along one lane of the dual-carriageway to frequent the eateries. This inconveniences other road users and is also a safety hazard as some of these eateries are located at junctions.
Some motorcyclists were also seen driving against the traffic flow in some parts as they either come or leave the eateries, endangering other motorists.
A resident, who only wanted to be known as Atan, said he was extra careful when driving past the stretch as there had been many accidents in the area.
"Even before these eateries were built, the junctions were accident-prone areas. Now the situation is worse with cars parked by the side of the roads."
He added that there were also stalls and restaurants built near housing areas which he believes is an invasion of privacy.
"Criminals could hang around at the stalls and watch our houses. We do not feel safe," he said, adding that his report to the local council about this matter was in vain.
"When I called the council to complain about the stall near my house, they said there was no such structure there," he said.
Our checks confirmed the allegation although the stall was not open for business during our visit.
When contacted, MDHS public relations officer Junainah Abdullah said the council was aware of the situation.
"We have served eviction notices to the traders and a task force has been formed to monitor the situation," she said, adding that the premises can be demolished at any time by the task force if the traders do not leave by the deadline.
Those who make illegal extensions to the council's food stalls can be charged under Drainage and Building Act 1974.