(From left) Welfare Department (Disabled Planning Department) assistant director Pathmanathan Nalasamy, Ahmad Phesal and moderator Prof Datuk Dr Zaliha Omar during the Seminar on Universal Design and Accessibility for Local Authorities.
KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is looking into providing tram services in the city centre for seamless connectivity and to ease traffic congestion.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said that a proposal on this had been presented to the Federal Territories Ministry and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
“We will meet with SPAD and related agencies to look into the possibility of having this service in Kuala Lumpur before presenting the idea to the Federal Government,” he said during the KUL Access 2014 Seminar on Universal Design and Accessibility for Local Authorities on June 3.
“More in-depth studies will have to be done before we present the proposal,” he added.
On the feasibility of having trams in Kuala Lumpur, Ahmad Phesal said: “Many European countries have successfully introduced trams in their cities. For example, in Spain, they use a green perimeter to build the tracks which still allows for grass to grow.
“In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, I noticed that the trams and other modes of transport like buses were fully integrated and residents did not have to pay for public transportation, while Melbourne has dedicated roads for trams to connect to tourist spots.’’
Meanwhile, during the seminar held in the DBKL Training Institute in Cheras, Ahmad Phesal said City Hall was working towards a ‘barrier free’ environment for the disabled.
“This seminar is a platform for DBKL to share our experiences and knowledge with other local authorities and agencies to make the city more disabled-friendly,” he said.
Ahmad Phesal added that enforcement of the Persons with Disabilities Act 2008 (Act 685) would go a long way in ensuring that more public and private organisations take the needs of the disabled into consideration during the planning stage.
“We have set up an audit team to ensure that new projects adhere to the requirements of the Act,” Ahmad Phesal said.
He added that DBKL would become the first local authority to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Standards Malaysia for compliance to Malaysian Standard (MS).
“With this, DBKL will ensure that compliance with MS is a prerequisite before the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) is issued to new buildings,” Ahmad Phesal said.