Group parade: Ahmad Phesal (left), Tengku Adnan (in white) taking a stroll along the walkway connecting Pasar Seni LRT and Dayabumi complex.
PEDESTRIANS in Kuala Lumpur can soon enjoy a convenient, safe, hassle-free and pleasant walking experience in the city once all the pedestrian linkages from building to building is connected.
The RM100mil project includes linkages via Jalan Bonus and Lorong Perak connecting to KL Sogo and Pertama Complex, Jalan Parlimen and The Perdana Botanical Garden connecting into Bank Rakyat, pedestrian tunnel into Masjid Negara, as well as connecting buildings along Jalan Perak, Jalan Pinang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Imbi, Jalan Conlay and Jalan Bukit Bintang.
Malls and hotels such as Pavilion, Lot 10, Sungei Wang, and Berjaya Times Square would also be connected.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal said the linkages would be on-grade and within buildings.
“We have already identified areas in Bukit Bintang which are less than 200m from the LRT station,’’ he said, adding that areas with good seamless connectivity would have less parking bays as a way to discourage people from driving.
“For new developments, we will request for them to incorporate such facilities,’’ he said.
Ahmad Phesal said most building owners were keen on the plan, but hotels were not as receptive as they wanted to maintain their privacy.
“We are trying hard to convince them and to get them to see the benefits,’’ he told reporters yesterday after the handover ceremony of the elevated pedestrian bridge linking Pasar Seni LRT station with Kompleks Dayabumi, Central Market, and KTM station recently.
The handover was carried out through an exchange of documents between KLCC (Holdings) Sdn Bhd (KLCCH) group chief executive officer Datuk Hashim Wahir and Ahmad Phesal.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor witnessed the event.
The 237m-long covered pedestrian walkway is part of the pedestrian linkages project undertaken by KLCCH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Petronas in collaboration with City Hall.
Petronas contributed RM100mil to the project, which paved the way for building-to-building connectivity, enabling the public to walk comfortably to the surrounding buildings such as Pos Malaysia, the Textile Museum, Agrobank, the National Mosque, as well as heritage buildings in the area.
Up until June 2014, KLCCH and DBKL had spent RM64mil to build 2,863m of pedestrian walkways in the city. These include KL city centre to Bukit Bintang, KL Convention Centre to Suria KLCC, parts of Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Berjaya Times Square to Imbi monorail station to name a few. Plans are in the pipeline to build more in the future. The initiative comes under the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley NKEA on a comprehensive pedestrain network to encourage people to take the public transport instead of driving into the city centre.