New BTO residents suffer stench, maggots from blocked chute
Instead of the joy of a new home, new residents of Block 817A, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 are facing the agony of foul smells and flies.
This is a result of a rubbish chute that is choked all the way to the eighth floor.
"On the lower floors, the stench is unbearable. And when I open the chute, insects fly out," said Mr Nazmi Othman, 31, who lives on the fourth floor with his wife and two children.
"This is a new estate, so I don't expect the rubbish chute to get choked so fast," said Mr Nazmi.
The build-to-order (BTO) estate was only completed in March. Currently, about 10 units in the block are occupied.
When The New Paper visited the block on Monday, there was an obvious stench on the affected floors - the lower floors of the block had the worst of the odour.
When this reporter checked the chute on the seventh floor, there were bags of food waste - polystyrene containers wrapped in plastic bags. A closer look revealed maggots that could be seen writhing under the red plastic.
Many of the other homeowners are still renovating their flats.
There is clutter and debris from renovations by the void deck.
"It is normal because we live in a new block, but necessary arrangements should still be made to clear the rubbish," said 35-year-old Mr Roy.
Despite constant reports to the relevant authorities, residents say not enough is being done to resolve the issues.
Get the full story in the print edition of The New Paper (Wednesday, June 29)