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Published: Saturday February 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:05 PM

Parents abort protest over Jalan Berhala closure

THE SRK (T) Vivekananda Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) has aborted a plan to stage a protest over the Jalan Berhala road closure in Brickfields after they were given an assurance yesterday that the road will not be closed.

PTA chairman A. Surendran said he was grateful to Deputy Federal Territories and and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan for meeting the parents and settling some of their grouses, but insisted all assurances must be in writing.

“Based on his promise, we will not proceed with the planned protest, which was supposed to have been held today. However, the PTA still insists on a letter as we have to inform all our 300 members of this latest update and the best way is to show it to them in black and white,” Surendran said.

He added that the plan for the proposed carpark project had changed many times, with various parties making all kinds of assurances. Therefore, it is only sensible to have it in writing so as not to confuse the parents.

“We are pushing for this because it concerns our children’s safety and we hope Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the ministry will bear with us on this matter.”

Meanwhile, Saravanan said he would get City Hall to apply to the Land and Minerals Department to gazette Jalan Berhala as a road reserve.

When the PTA pushed for a black and white assurance, Saravanan said, “I am going the extra mile by assuring you that the road will be gazzeted and the walkways will remain, as provided under the Town and Country Planning Act.

“The road will remain open, and the exit and entrance of the carpark will not be in front of the school. I will not go back on my word,” he told Surendran.

Last week, the PTA said it would hold a public protest if it did not receive a letter from the DBKL.

The association had feared that the closure of Jalan Berhala would inconvenience parents dropping off their children at school and lead to traffic congestion in the surrounding areas.

DBKL held a briefing in August to inform the school of the proposed project, which would involve part of Jalan Berhala.

Surendran said the PTA had sent a letter to DBKL stating that it did not want the road to be closed, which the latter 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.

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

A notice board put up by DBKL states that the proposed project en-tails an eight-storey building, with seven floors of parking bays, a Tenaga Nasional Bhd sub-station on the ground floor and a multipurpose hall on the seventh floor.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Government, Transport & Safety, Parking in Brickfields

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