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Monday May 27, 2013

Permanent solution needed to address problem in Rawang

It’s a daily affair: Even in the afternoon, traffic jam can be seen along Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang from Rawang town heading
towards NKVE Rawang toll. It’s a daily affair: Even in the afternoon, traffic jam can be seen along Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang from Rawang town heading towards NKVE Rawang toll.

IT LOOKS li ke the tidal traffic flow along Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang in Rawang is here to stay.

The tidal system was introduced in Febr uary 2010 and was only supposed to be in place for six mo nths to ease traffic congestion in Rawang during peak hours.

The tidal flow — a 3km stretch from the NKVE Rawang toll heading to Bandar Country Homes — was initiated by a councillor at the Selayang Municipal Council Gunarajah R. George.

The tidal flow begins from 6am to 9am and from 4.30pm to 9pm from Monday to Saturday.

Gunarajah said that it had been three years but the traffic crawl stil l continued.

“Construction of the Rawang to ll flyover began on July 15, 2010, and it was to have been completed within two years.

However, the project is still not complete, adding to the traffic snar l.

“The tidal flow helps slightly in easing traffic jams in the area. “Besides this, the widening of Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang from Rawang to Bandar Tasik Puteri has not begun as promised to the nearby residents.

“Many new townships and housing projects are adding to the congestion and Rawang is in dire need of wider roads,” he said.

So far, the tidal tr affic flow system has been well-received by the 100,000 residents in the area.

Gunarajah said he appreciated the Public Works Department (JKR) workers who unfailingly placed the cones every morning and evening to facilitate the tidal flow system.

“If this was not done, I believe the traffic would be at a standstill,” he said.

He believes a perman ent solution to the traffic congestion would be to widen the existing Jalan Rawang-Batu Arang.

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