In a bid to deter loan sharks from posting ads on 38 overpass pillars, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) is currently transforming these structures into lush vertical gardens.
According to MPK Council President Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin, another goal of the project is to make these areas more pleasing to the eyes of visitors. In fact, the first area that got a makeover was Persiaran Raja Muda Musa, a major road that links Klang with Port Klang where thousands of tourists pass through.
“These vertical gardens will become ‘living’ walls providing visual relief in a concrete jungle, cool down the immediate environment and cub dust pollution.”
MPK Garden and Recreational Department acting director Nurul Huda Bahrom revealed that they’ve spent RM83,000 on the eco-friendly project, which is expected to uplift the mood of motorists and reduce traffic noise.
“Our vertical gardens are made out of metal frames and they are not attached to the pillars. We will plant creepers and small plants like money plant (scindapus aureus), chinese honeysuckle (quisqalis indica) and cat claw ivy (macfadyena unguis cati) which are easy to maintain.”
These plants will be watered via automatic drip irrigation, and the vertical gardens are expected to be completed in 10 weeks. If these are effective in deterring loan sharks from pasting many posters, MPK will implement these in other areas like Jalan Kem in Port Klang.
Meanwhile, Mohamad Yasid Bidin revealed that the numerous posters put up by loans sharks are not only a nuisance, but also makes the areas look dirty as they vandalize public and private spaces.
Last year, MPK took down 75,915 illegal posters around the municipality, while 1,959 were removed on 1-22 January 2018.
“Hundreds of man hours are wasted to scrape off the posters that are glued on pillars and road signs. Posters that are removed from pillars in the afternoon will be replaced with new ones at night. It is a daunting task,” he added.
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