EXCLUSIVE: TRADERS operating in Klang’s Little India have objected to the proposed alignment of the third Light Rail Transit line (LRT3).
They fear the 20.12m-wide elevated railway line was too close to two rows of pre-war shops in Jalan Tengku Kelana.
Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KLSICCI) Klang Chapter and Klang District Business Development Committee have asked that the alignment be rerouted.
KLSICCI Klang Chapter chairman N. P. Raman said it would damage existing structures and affect the livelihood of business owners in the area.
“We object to the proposed alignment as we want to protect trades that have been based here for generations as well as the well-being of families living in the shoplots.
“It will not only affect our businesses but also affect the price of our properties.
“Civil engineers and planners who had proposed this route must understand that the 20.12m-width from building to building is too narrow.
“According to an urban planner, the width must be a minimum
of 30.5m between two buildings,” he said.
The views of stakeholders must be collected and submitted to the Department of Environment (DOE).
The LRT project is a prescribed activity under the Environment Impact Assessment Order 1987 and DOE is the approving authority for the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment.
On July 31, consultants from ERE Consulting Group briefed about 30 traders at Archana Curry House in Jalan Tengku Kelana and gave a slide presentation on the proposed route.
Consultant Dr Kuppusamy Singaravelloo told the traders that 10 routes were initially proposed for LRT3 but this was narrowed to five and the final option selected was to have the railway run parallel along Jambatan Musaedin before crossing into Jalan Tengku Kelana.
It is learnt that the alignment along the bridge would skirt past Jalan Besar and Jalan Tengku Dhiaudin before crossing into Jalan Tengku Kelana in front of the Ajuntha Textiles shop.
Consultant and socio-economist Tan Siew Hooi told the traders that an LRT station was proposed adjacent to Jambatan Musaedin on the south. Also present was the group’s director and civil engineer Raja Nur Ashikin Raja Zainal.
The LRT3 route proposed for Klang will see trains travelling from Jalan Meru in the north of Klang to Jalan Tengku Kelana, Southern Park, Sri Andalas, Tesco Bukit Tinggi, Aeon Bukit Tinggi and will end at the depot in Johan Setia.
Tan told the traders that the line for Klang “will go through Kawasan 17 and come out at Jalan Kelicap” before going onto Jalan Meru.
KLSICCI committee member Fakhrudeen Husain, 67, said the LRT3 through the middle of Jalan Tengku Kelana was too close for comfort and would change the landscape of the thriving business community.
“During the construction stage, barricades will be set up to facilitate the pneumatic pile hammer with high cranes to hammer in the concrete piles. We have learnt that temporary compact sheet piling will be put in to minimise hair-line cracks, movement of soil and visible cracks”.
“The piling work will affect the sewer and drainage pipes and may cause flash floods.
“Once the construction is completed, the continuous vibration from the moving trains will result in bigger cracks.
“Within months, the visible cracks will result in structural failure of the buildings,” he opined.
Fakhrudeen said this would cause the pre-war structures to fail and render them dangerous to live in.
KLSICCI committee member P. Ragunathan said the planned LRT3 alignment into Little India would affect the atmosphere of this bustling business district as natural light will be blocked out.
“We are also worried that the construction of pillars and sheet piles will displace the aqua belts underground and this will further aggravate flash floods. Our shops are close to Sungai Klang and it would be better for the LRT3 to find a new alignment,” he said.
KLSICCI treasurer S. Subramaniam said consultants had given limited information and if a station would be built adjacent to Jambatan Musaedin, “several properties along Jalan Besar and Jalan Tengku Dhiaudin would have to be acquired”.
“We have suggested that the LRT station be built at the Klang north bus hub and not adjacent to Jambatan Musaedin.
“We want the alignment to be rerouted and the station should be at Klang’s north bus hub and the line run parallel to Jambatan Kota into Persiaran Raja Muda Musa.
“The LRT should serve Port Klang, which needs to be rejuvenated,” he said.
Administrators of places of worship claim they were left out of briefing