BUNTONG residents are complaining about irregular grass-cutting and drain-cleaning services by the Ipoh City Council.
IPOH: Residents of Kampung Kacang Putih, Taman Mas and Desa Rishah claimed that grass had not been cut since last year and rubbish had been left uncollected.
They want mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim to ensure that the area is well-maintained in line with his objective of having a clean city.
The residents are upset that nothing has been done despite numerous calls to the council.
Resident D. Sivabalan, 36, complained about the uncut grass on a vacant lots near his home in Laluan Sungai Pari.
According to him, mosquitoes snakes and monitor lizards would emerge from the vacant lots and abandoned plots nearby.
A Streets check revealed that grass had grown over the fence surrounding the plots. Grass on the road shoulders, near the main road, had not been cut.
Clogged drains cause rainwater to overflow into homes.
Sivabalan said the council should look into the concerns of the residents who had been living in the area for more than 40 years and not wait for an incident to occur before they take action.
"They always wait for the worst to happen before they take action.
"I cannot stand the stench from the drains.
"The water is stagnant with filthy water and mosquitos and flies come out."
Taman Mas resident S. Sheila, 30, from echoed similar sentiments.
"The drains are filled with murky, stagnant and smelly water. I have not seen anyone from the council cleaning the drains or cutting the grass for such a long time," she added
Sheila said the authorities should be more concerned about the resident's welfare.
"Workers turn up once in a while to clear the drain but left the garbage on the side and it flows back into the drain when there is a heavy downfall."
At times, she added, she had to cut the grass by herself for safety's sake as prowlers could hide in the bushes at night.
"The roads are also in abad shape They are uneven and rough."