Source: the Star Dec 10
WE are writing to express our concern and disappointment at the noise being generated by jet engine blasts at hangars located 500m from our homes as well as the continuing silence on the part of authorities in addressing this problem that is now more than a decade old.
Are the authorities waiting for homes to develop structural problems or to collapse before providing us with a solution?
The noise over the last two weeks has been unbearable, with doors and windows rattling from the blasts generated at the hangars.
We are, therefore, writing to ask for concrete action to be taken.
The residents were enticed into buying houses in Ara Damansara on the understanding that the Subang airport was no longer operational. Brochures by the developer assured buyers of calm, tranquil surroundings.
However, hangars began to appear near our homes soon after people had moved into their houses.
Residents have been pro-active in seeking to end this noise pollution by writing to various agencies.
Since moving into their homes in 2002, Ara Damansara residents have made clear their unhappiness about the noise from hangars located 500m away from their homes.
Interviews with TV crews, meetings with the Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam city councils, as well as representatives of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), Transport Ministry, Public Complaints Bureau, in addition to calling Civil Aviation Department (DCA), have been done to find a lasting solution to this problem.
At the last meeting with these representatives in 2009, it was agreed that no testing would be carried out on areas located close to homes, sound barriers would be put up to shield residents from the blasts of jet engines being tested, and any testing would be carried out in the day and not at night at designated areas away from residential areas.
However, none of these conditions have been kept.
To make matters worse, low-flying aircraft fly dangerously close to homes, causing residents much worry and discomfort.
The recent cases of aircraft crashing on homes as in Kudat, not too long ago, should serve as a lesson which no one seems to have picked up.
After such a tragic incident, one would expect authorities to make residential areas no-fly zones and ensure that aircraft and particularly those owned by private operators do not pose a nuisance or a problem to residents.
Despite initiatives by the residents, the noise has continued unabated at all hours of day and night, depriving residents of their rest and relaxation.
Ara Damansara residents did not also agree to the setting up of the maintenance areas close to their homes but their views and opinion were not taken into consideration when the hangars were built.
This lack of concern for the welfare of residents and their wellbeing is a shocking display of the governments’ ,both state and Federal, lack of concern for the health, safety and wellbeing of its people.
This continuing silence of the authorities directly shames them as well as the agencies and councils involved.
We believe that we have exhausted all avenues of civilised dialogue that is humanly possible. Enough is enough. It is time for authorities to step up and do the right thing. Stop this noise pollution now.
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