KLANG traders are happy that the initial alignment for the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) project from Bandar Utama to Klang has been amended and no longer affects their premises.
Thanking Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) for taking their complaints into consideration when realigning the route, the traders and other stakeholders were also glad that the amended route would help preserve some heritage buildings.
The Klang stretch of the elevated rail project will start from Taman Eng Ann, and pass through Jalan Meru, Klang bus station off Jalan Batu 3, Jalan Pasar, Jambatan Kota, the Simpang Lima roundabout, Jalan Langat, and ends at Johan Setia (opposite Bandar Parklands).
The initial alignment was through Tengku Kelana, which affected businesses in Klang’s Little India and a few heritage buildings.
Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KLSICCI) Klang Chapter as well as Klang District Business Development Committee chairman N.P. Raman said the decision to reroute the Tengku Kelana alignment was wise as it would not affect Masjid India Muslim Tengku Kelana, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the oldest Malay building in the state – Raja Abdullah Warehouse, and two rows of Little India’s heritage shoplots.
“Our strong stance against the Tengku Kelana alignment was done to preserve the socio-cultural heritage and to protect the economic disruption as well as displacement of communities.
“Apart from that, it was to conserve the heritage buildings that are valuable community assets,” he added.
Sri Rasi Silks proprietor K.S. Maniam was glad that the initial alignment was withdrawn as it would have eliminated the aesthetic value of the heritage buildings and displace businesses similar to what had happened to shops at Jalan Kem in Port Klang following the contsruction of the North Port bridge in 2001.
Klang Consumer Association president Devadass Anjan said the realignment helped to preserve buildings, townscapes and traditional businesses, strengthened cultural heritage and offered communal support.
Last Saturday, Prasarana, the LRT3 project owner, had put on display the amended plan complete with the elevation views, details of the route alignment, stations and carparks at various locations in Selangor including the affected local councils.
In July, consultants from ERE Consulting Group had told the traders that 10 routes were initially proposed for LRT3 but was narrowed down to five and the final option selected was to have the rail line run parallel to Jambatan Musaedin before crossing into the narrow street of Jalan Tengku Kelana in between the pre-war shops and heritage buildings.
Prasarana Integrated Management Engineering Services Sdn Bhd (PRIME)–Wayside System Department assistant vice-president Mohd Firdauz Suhaimi said the Tengku Kelana alignment was amended based on ideas, insight and constructive feedback from various stakeholders.
He told StarMetro that the initial station planned for Tengku Kelana would now be behind the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) building and a new elevated walk path would be linked to the Jalan Besar commuter station.