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 A food stall that was destroyed in a fire in Uptown Section 24 on Oct 15. Pic by Faiz Anuar
A food stall that was destroyed in a fire in Uptown Section 24 on Oct 15. Pic by Faiz Anuar

SHAH ALAM: THE Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) will discuss with the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) and Dataran Usahawan about ways to help the 196 traders in Uptown Section 24 whose stalls were razed by fire on Oct 15.

Mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan said the council was looking into the possibility of building new stalls for the affected traders.

“The clean up at the site, which began on Sunday, would probably take more than a week to complete.

“The Fire and Rescue Department is still investigating the cause of fire. So far, it is estimated that the total property loss by the traders is about RM19 million,” said Jaafar during the council’s board meeting on Monday.

On another matter, he said the council had recently established a new department while some of its existing departments had undergone changes in an effort to improve service delivery.

Jaafar said the newly established solid waste management and public cleanliness department was established in July this year.

“Meanwhile, the corporate and community development department has an additional division, called the hall management division, which would be responsible for managing the council’s halls in the city.

“Also, the tender and contract division is now known as the contract and project management department and it wouldbe responsible to manage all the council’s development projects.

“The council’s revenue and investment department, licensing, enforcement and parks and recreation departments would be receiving additional staff to accommodate the increasing responsibilities as well as to improve its performances.”

Jaafar said that RM106 million of the council’s 2015 budget, which was more than RM460 million, would
be allocated for development.

“Of the RM106 million, RM23 million would be allocated for infrastructure, RM66 million for buildings, RM5 million for landscape and maintenance and RM6.5 million for information communication technology,” said Jaafar, adding that the council was in the midst of preparing an action plan fornext year’s budget.

Jaafar said among the development projects included in next year’s budget are the construction of a convention centre in Section 13, food courts in Section 15, Section 19 and Section 10, and a sports complex in Section 16.

On the council’s effort in combating dengue, since January up to Oct 18, a total of 661 compounds for breeding mosquitoes were issued from the 83,847 premises inspected.

Since August up to Oct 17, a total of 11 active construction sited were also ordered to closed temporarily.

Jaafar said the council would continue to monitor the construction sites and would not hesitate to issue compounds and order them to close temporarily if they are found to be breeding mosquitoes.

Jaafar also announced the possibility of him retiring by the end of the month when he reaches 60.

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