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Published: Saturday February 2, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:35 PM

Groups demand confirmation from DBKL that road will remain accessible

In a mess:
Trees being
chopped down
in Jalan
Vivekananda
and this has
got residents
worried over a
possible road
closure.

In a mess: Trees being chopped down in Jalan Vivekananda and this has got residents worried over a possible road closure.

THE Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of SRK (T) Vivekananda and the Little India Action Committee in Brickfields want written confirmation from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) that Jalan Vivekananda will not be closed to make way for a proposed seven-storey carpark in the area.

They fear that the closure of the road, also known as Jalan Berhala, will inconvenience parents when they drop off their children at school and cause severe traffic congestion in the surrounding areas.

“DBKL held a briefing in August to inform us of the proposed development project, which would involve a part of Jalan Vivekananda.

“They showed us the building layout plan and the location of the project (opposite the school), but they did not reveal when the project would kick off,” said SRK (T) Vivekananda PTA chairman A. Surendran, who added that the briefing was also attended by representatives from churches and the Buddhist temple in Brickfields.

Surendran said subsequently, the PTA had sent a letter to DBKL saying they did not want the road to be closed, which DBKL acknowledged.

“In early September, another meeting was held and this time Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin was present and the same thing was explained to us.

“We said we did not want the road to be closed but DBKL suggested other routes for dropping off the children.

“We cannot see how this is going to work because Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad is just as busy,” Surendran said, adding that since then, they had sent three letters to DBKL on the matter.

He added that the building plan also showed that the entrance and exit of the proposed carpark would be located in front of the school, which the PTA was not in favour of.

Following this, a DBKL team visited the school to meet with more than 100 parents who voiced displeasure over the plans.

Surendran said on Jan 18, the PTA had handed over a memorandum to Nong Chik when he attended an event at the school.

On Jan 28, PTA members joined members of the Little India Action committee and the Tong Weng Residents’ Association in gathering in front of the school when they noticed a contractor felling trees at the proposed development site.

“We did not know what was happening. The road was closed and the contractors were seen chopping down the trees.

“We stopped them and they called the DBKL officer in-charge, who came to the site and told us to calm down,” Little India Action Committee chairman S. Pathavachalam said, adding that the officer informed them that DBKL would not close Jalan Vivekananda.

However, Pathavachalam said the group still wanted written confirmation that the road would not be closed for the project.

“DBKL should seriously look into the layout plan as it is not ideal to locate the entrance and exit of the proposed carpark in front of the school. We can only imagine the congestion in the area if this happens,” he said.

A notice board put up by DBKL states that the proposed project entails an eight-storey building, which contains seven floors of parking bays, a Tenaga Nasional Bhd sub-station on the ground floor and a multi-purpose hall on the 7th floor.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Government, Multistorey carpark - Jalan Vivekananda

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