Landscape zones to beautify PJ

PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is going all out to improve the maintenance of the city’s landscape.
Apart from the GIS system, the council’s landscape director Zuraidah Sainan said, by next year, the council hopes to rezone the landscape maintenance area in the city based on the councillors’ zones.
When the areas are rezoned, there will be about 15 zones, including the three popular parks — Taman Jaya, Taman Aman and Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya.

Zuraidah said when the rezoning exercise starts, better comprehensive softscape can take place. Currently, some zones have two contractors taking care of the hardscape and softscape. When there’s a problem the contractors blame each other.

Zuraidah said the landscape maintenance area is divided into two categories — hardscape and softscape. The hardscape consists of maintenance for big trees such as the mambu tree, and the softscape consists of maintenance for trees and shrubs such as the hibiscus plant.

Petaling Jaya Utara, Section 52, Damansara Utama and Petaling Jaya Selatan each have individual contractors.

Among the benefits of rezoning are that zones can be better monitored and managed, while contractors and the zone residents will feel more responsible for the landscape in their areas.

The new rezoning system will encourage better maintenance of plants which includes the routine work such as weeding and fertilising the trees.

At the present, major tree pruning jobs are paid by the council separately, based on the job done. However, with the new zoning system, everything will be taken care of by the same contractor.

About RM500,000 has been allocated in the MBPJ 2011 budget to beautify selected areas in the city.

The State government has instructed all local councils to do the three-layer planting concept — ground-cover plants, shrubs and trees.

Among the roads in Petaling Jaya is the Jalan Timur and Jalan Sultan. Over 60 per cent of the beautification works are complete.

MBPJ has an allocation of RM200,000 to plant annual flowers such as the marigold flower. These flowers do not last long, but add vibrancy to the city, said Zuraidah.

The council has an allocation of RM2 million under the landscape development budget.

The budget will be used to upgrade open spaces in the city.

This year, MBPJ chose 6.7ha for landscape upgrade works. The upgrade will be based on the needs of each neighbourhood.

Among the areas that will undergo upgrade works by 11 landscape contractors are:

  • upgrade works at the Jalan SD 10/3 open space
  • to build a multipurpose court at PJU 1A/19 at Lembah Subang;
  • to provide playground facilities at the open spaces at Jalan SS22/39B and SS23/19, Jalan SS21/22, Jalan BU7/10, Jalan SS25/4, Jalan SS2/71, Jalan 17/1A, Jalan 11/8, Jalan 8/18, Jalan PJS10/6, Jalan PJS 1/21 and Jalan 8/18, Jalan Margosa SD 10/3, Jalan BU 1/12;
  • to upgrade the open space at Jalan PJS 1/25 and Dataran Anak Muda; and
  • to upgrade the playground facilities at Taman Jaya park.

Zuraidah said the greatest challenge is vandalism. She said, currently, 12 parks and playgrounds have been adopted by residents’ association. With the help of the residents’ associations, the council could spend its budget on facilities instead of wasting funds repairing the damage caused by vandals.

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