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by muhd basyar mustaphaphotos by izzrafiq alias
Persiara n Cakerawala: This road has two lanes for about 100m in each direction before it narrows to one lane each.
BANDAR Pinggiran Subang in U5, Shah Alam is a secluded township spread over 2,018 acres of land and is virtually unknown to most Klang Valley residents.
However, this is set to change as rapid development is taking place there now, such as the construction of an international campus for a private university, a shopping centre, commercial centres as well as high-end residential projects.
Although residents in the neighbourhood welcome the development, they are also concerned about the effects the projects will have on the current infrastructure.
Damai Apartments Residents Association (Persada) chairman Ahmad Nazri Mokhti, 37, said the existing infrastructure would not be able to cope with the demands if the population increased drastically. According to the 2008 census, the population of the township was 57,530.
“For the development to benefit the community and not give rise to problems, it must be a truly sustainable development,” said Ahmad Nazri.
“The biggest worry is traffic. Currently, only one road allows direct access into the area from the main road, which is Persiaran Cakerawala.
“Even now, there is a problem as the road cannot accommodate the current volume of traffic and is prone to flashfloods.
“It has only one lane each on both sides, is narrow and is in a bad condition because heavy vehicles ply this route.
“A few accidents also occurred here recently, near a school.
“As such, priority should be given to upgrading the infrastructure first,” he said.
He added that there was no zebra crossing on the road, traffic lights were faulty and the area lacked road signage.
Ahmad Nazri said the residents wanted the authorities to ensure that there was sufficient water supply to cater to the needs of a bigger population.
“To our knowledge, there is only one main water pipeline into our neighbourhood from the reservoir.
“We do not want a water shortage situation here,” he said.
A Subang Bestari resident, who only wanted to be known as Khairul, 37, said the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and the developers should also look into the social aspects of the development projects.
“With an international campus and high-end housing in our midst, we fear there will be a social gap among the residents of Bandar Pinggiran Subang.
“Understanding and communicating with each other is important in order to build a sustainable community.
“We hope the newcomers will be able to relate to us, especially residents associations.
“In addition, MBSA officers must come here more often and monitor the projects taking place.
“They must also help promote social unity among the community, both the old and new,” he said.
Another resident Beatrice Tan, 49, said safety was a worrying aspect.
“The police must increase patrols in the area to curb crime.
“With a bigger population, there is bound to be more problems and undesired activities taking place.
“In fact, it will be good if the police set up a station here,” she added.
Khairul said the police should determine which police station had jurisdiction over Bandar Pinggiran Subang.
“Residents have faced problems when lodging reports and are often given the run-around,” he said.
The residents also want the MBSA councillor in charge of the area to meet with the local residents regularly and help resolve problems affecting them.
Meanwhile, Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan said to boost the public transport system, the Mass Rapid Transit line would serve the area, in an integrated public transport system.
“As for the roads, we will ensure we monitor the situation and carry out the necessary repairs and upgrading works,” he said.
He said the developers undertaking projects in the area were also responsible for providing funds to upgrade the infrastructure.
A spokesman for Mah Sing Group Berhad, which is building the Star Avenue shopping centre said its project was small compared to other projects taking place in the area.
“As far as we are concerned, the traffic impact assessment we received states that the existing roads can cope with an increased volume of traffic.
“However, we will widen the main road, Jalan Shah Alam-Sungai Buloh, to accommodate traffic leading to our building.
“The development is well-planned and expected to benefit the area,” said the spokeswoman.
When contacted, developers of other projects in the area declined to comment.
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