Clogged drains, foul smell due to food waste and oil at Taman Cempaka restaurant

By Aida Aziz

IPOH: The clogged drain behind shop No. 59 Regat Sri Cempaka, Taman Cempaka, Ipoh, caused by food waste, oil, and trash, including a foul smell, seems to have persisted since last year.

The issue has been plaguing the local residents due to the surrounding conditions causing the drainage to overflow onto the road.

A resident who wants to be known as Shahrul claims that the stubbornness of two restaurants in not maintaining grease traps has led to recurring issues.

He said that despite complaints being made to Council Members in the relevant area and cleaning actions carried out by Puncak Emas, the issue has not been resolved.

“The drainage issue at the back of shop No. 59, Regat Sri Cempaka, Taman Cempaka, Ipoh, increases every time there is heavy rain. The water flow is blocked due to food oil residues and garbage such as straws, causing the drainage water to overflow onto the road.

“The foul odor from the drain is also disturbing nearby homes. We can no longer bear the extremely unpleasant smell that penetrates our noses every day.

“Residents have reported the problem to the local council member, and cleaning measures have been taken by Puncak Emas.

“However, the stubborn attitude of the owners of two nearby eateries, who refuse to install or maintain grease traps, has led to the direct disposal of food and oil into the drain.

“The blocked drain issue has persisted since early 2023 until now. Residents hope that the Health Department of the Ipoh City Council (MBI) will take legal action against food premises that fail to maintain cleanliness.”

He added that the two restaurants operate businesses specializing in chicken rice, side dishes, and tomyam.

He also urges MBI to conduct more frequent drain cleaning in that area and to vacuum the trash inside the drain to ensure smooth water flow.

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