Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Straits Times (12 June 2007) - Drain (outside NUS Law along Bt Timah Rd) still choked despite calling NEA, PUB

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    June 12, 2007
    Drain still choked despite calling NEA, PUB
    DENGUE cases have been on the rise in the past few weeks and the National Environment Agency (NEA) has been sending pamphlets to households, reminding residents to do their part in preventing mosquito breeding.
    However, I have noticed a rather-alarming scene along Bukit Timah Road, where a roadside drain outside the NUS Law Faculty has been choked with weeds for the past few months, resulting in water stagnating in the drain.

    I called the NEA hotline and was told that PUB Waterworks, which was responsible for maintaining the drain, would be notified. I made the call in the beginning of May, but nothing was done after a few weeks.

    When I called the NEA hotline again, I was told that PUB Waterworks had been informed, and was given its telephone number so that I could remind it personally.

    Upon calling the PUB, an officer told me that he would inspect the drain that day. However, a few weeks have passed, the weeds have not been cleared and the drain is still choked.

    If residents have been told to do their part against mosquito breeding, shouldn't government agencies, which are responsible for taking care of public areas, set an example by doing their part as well?

    Cheong Sooi Peng (Mdm)


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