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It is suggested that the Kompleks C carpark be used as season parking for workers at New Town.
DARK or dimly lit parking lots are an invitation to criminals, and women drivers are particularly at risk.
Walking to and from the car in such a situation would make one jittery even in daytime, imagine the how nerve-wracking it is at night.
Badly maintained indoor carparks do nothing to help ease the parking shortage in commercial centres, especially in busy areas in Petaling Jaya, as most motorists will shun the building and choose to park illegally on the road instead.
One such place is the Kompleks C multi-storey car park in Jalan Sultan, Petaling Jaya. In addition to the broken lights and unlit staircases, motorists are also turned off by the mouldy walls.
“It is not properly maintained at all. This is my first time parking here and I do not think I will park here again as it is dark,” said Rashidi Semar.
The carpark is owned by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) but the management has been contracted out. The four-storey carpark is also littered with rubbish.
The 30-year-old carpark was initially built to cater to visitors to the Petaling Jaya New Town commercial area and the Petaling Jaya Municipal Court located on the ground floor of Kompleks C.
“Usually, I get my friend to wait in the car while I do my banking as it is almost impossible to get parking in New Town,” said Rashidi, 29, adding that most of the parking bays in the area were used up by people who work there.
Agreeing with him is Taman Medan resident Simon Choo, who said the staircase was dark, dirty and smelly.
The 55-year-old said he sometimes had to do his banking after working hours due to the scarcity of parking bays.
“Kompleks C is the only place to park but it is so poorly maintained,” he said.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman R Rajiv said he had informed MBPJ on the need for a makeover in June.
“I told the council to fix the lighting, clean out the rubbish and apply a fresh coat of paint.”
He also wants security tightened at the carpark to ensure motorists’ safety.
“Previously there were no lights on Level Three of the carpark but after alerting MBPJ, lights have been fitted,” he said.
Currently, there are more than 15 brand new Perodua cars parked in the car park, believed to be stored there by car dealers.
“They used to occupy the first floor of the parking lot, taking up all the space and forcing visitors to park on the floors above,” said Rajiv. The cars have since been moved to the rooftop of the building.
Half of level two at Kompleks C was previously rented by a college, which only moved out last month. The college had occupied half the carpark lots on level two.
Rajiv has proposed that MBPJ tear the structure down and create more parking space for motorists.
He also suggested the multi-storey carpark to be used as season parking for workers at New Town.
“This will help free up parking bays at the commercial centre for customers.
“They can also ensure no vehicle can park there for more than an hour or two at any one time,” he said.
He believes this will help solve parking problems in the commercial area.
“But before that, MBPJ should make the Kompleks C carpark more conducive for users,” he said.
He urged MBPJ to hold a dialogue with tenants at the commercial centre before deciding to use the car park for season parking.
Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad confirmed the city council was responsible for the maintenance of the Kompleks C carpark.
She said contractors were supposed to ensure the cleanliness of the building.
“We will consider upgrading the place,” she said.
She added that she was not aware that new Perodua cars were being stored at Kompleks C.
“We will check on this,” the mayor assured.
She disclosed that MBPJ planned to renovate the area now that the college had moved out, to create more parking space.
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