THE upgrading of Jalan Alor will be completed by January next year, assures Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
While talks of the upgrading had been mooted since 2012, physical works only began in February.
Previously the project had been delayed due to issues such as pipe laying in the drainage, traffic management, and working out solutions for traders to continue working once the project commenced.
DBKL project management executive director Datuk Syed Afendy Ali Syed Abid Ali said works would be carried out in two phases.
“The first will be the expansion of the drainage and irrigation system which is already six decades old.
“We will also fit Pattern Imprinted Concrete on the whole street which lasts longer and looks better.
“The second phase will be to synchronise the storefronts as well as landscaping and lighting works,” he said, adding that the total cost of the project was estimated at RM22mil.
Syed Afendy added that Jalan Alor would be closed to traffic from 6pm to 3am everyday once the upgrading was completed.
“This is a safety measure, so pedestrians and motorists will not have to fight for space.
“This will also allow for more tables and chairs to be put on the road,” he said.
He added that all the upgrading costs would be borne by DBKL.
“We will supply tables and chairs for uniformity for the initial round. Those who want more can purchase them from us.
“DBKL will also provide signboard frames and white box, but the design will be up to the shop owners,” he said.
Other works involve modifications of stalls by painting, installation of canopies and signboards as well as a new design for street lights.
Bukit Bintang Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman See Foo Hoong hoped DBKL would be able to handle the licensing issue of traders there.
“Some have been operating here for the past 30 years but still do not have licence,” he said, adding that most of them were delighted with the proposed plans.
Jalan Alor Hawkers and Traders Association secretary Simon Ang Leong Yew said they would need to have further discussions about the road closure.
“Jalan Alor comprised three-storey shoplots with residents staying in most of the units.
“We will have to find an amicable way to ensure that residents will not be disrupted by the closure,” he said.
Ang said one of the ideas mooted was using residential car stickers to identify residents.