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by sheila sri priya
COME Jan 1, more than 200 parking bays will be open to public at the PJ Exchange (PJX) building in Taman Jaya, said Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib.
The PJX site, now a business complex, was formerly used as a public carpark.
Its land status was changed to commercial usage in June 2007, when the former Selangor government gazetted the Petaling Jaya Local Draft Plan (RTPJ1).
In 2006, residents in a meeting with officials of SBC Corporation Bhd, had included a provision for 222 parking bays for public use before consenting to the PJX development.
The company is the project’s main stakeholder and received the go-ahead for development on June 15, 2007.
PJX is now open for business.
Puasa said the parking rate would be decided by the council.
“The parking rate for the 200 bays will soon be decided and the parking lots will be opened on Jan 1,” he said.
In an article by StarMetro in July, residents living near the PJX building wanted to know what had happened to the public parking bays located within the building.
According to www.pjx.com.my, the building has more than 1,000 parking bays.
Section 12 Residents’ Association deputy chairman A. Rajasoorian said Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) should ensure that the stakeholders kept to their promise.
According to Rajasoorian, LRT users who board the train at the Taman Jaya station have to park their vehicles by Tasik Taman Jaya.
“This is because there is not enough parking space.
“Visitors to the park now have fewer parking bays because these are being taken up by commuters,” he said.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran had been reported as saying that MBPJ should enforce all the conditions stated in the planning approval.
“The relevant documents need to be examined to ascertain whether such a condition was put in place.
“If it was in the planning approval, the council must ensure that the developer abides by the conditions,” said Rajiv.
MBPJ public relations officer Zainun Zakaria confirmed that the developer of PJX was required to provide an additional 222 parking bays for LRT users.
In the earlier StarMetro report, Zainun had said that the parking fee should follow MBPJ’s parking rate and not the fee charged at other parking bays in the building.
She said the council was informed that 222 parking bays were located on the seventh and eighth floors of the PJX building.
“The developer is still negotiating with Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd on how to identify LRT users for entitlement to use the parking bays.
“This probably can be done by LRT users showing their monthly pass or train receipts.
“The parking bays have not yet been made available due to safety aspects,” said Zainun.
Former Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman was quoted as affirming the residents’ claim to 222 council-rate parking bays in the building.
“It was part of the council’s requirement before allowing the development to go on.
“Once the building is fully operational, the parking bays for the public must be provided,” Roslan was quoted as saying in a news report a year ago.
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