No place to drop children off at Jalan Gombak school after carpark closure, say parents

Rela members controlling traffic as parents are dropping off their children on the road in front of the school.

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers did not show up for a planned meeting with Federal Territory MCA chairman Datuk Yew Teong Look and stakeholders of SJK (C) Lee Rubber in Jalan Gombak over the closure of a carpark.

It was learnt that the carpark next to the school was closed by the landowners before the recent school holidays, forcing traffic to a standstill as parents had to drop off their children in front of the school.

The spillover, combined with the nearby condominium and apartment residents’ vehicles as well as the school transport, caused traffic to stretch up to one kilometre in three directions.

Members from the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) were engaged yesterday to smoothen flow in anticipation of the traffic build-up with the reopening of school.

Parents of children studying at the school had been using the private carpark as a drop-off and pick-up point for more than 10 years. However, access was closed a week ago.

One of the parents, Loo Chin Hong, 46, said he and his children had to leave home 15 minutes earlier to get to school on time.

“I had to park 800m away and we walked here.

“It was a hassle as they had to carry their heavy schoolbags,” he said.

Another parent, Lily Toh, 37, predicted that traffic would be worse in the afternoon.

“Before this, parents would wait at the carpark for their children after school.

“But now there is no space and they will have to double-park along this narrow road,” she said.

It was learnt that an application for the construction of 25 storeys of affordable housing had been submitted to DBKL.

The proposal includes 160 residential units, a seven-storey carpark, a community hall and shops at the plot of land along Jalan Meranti.

The application also includes converting the land status from residential to mixed development.

At the gathering yesterday, Yew said DBKL officers had promised to be present during peak hours to assess the seriousness of the matter but failed to turn up until later.

“It was disappointing as we wanted them to know how bad traffic would be and hoped to come up with a solution together.

“Our only short-term solution is for parents to enter the school grounds via Jalan Meranti and exit to Jalan Ibukota Kanan.

“This is not possible currently as a barrier gate has been placed at the carpark.

“What will happen when it rains heavily, how will the pupils get to school without getting drenched if parents have to park a kilometre away?” he asked.

Yew said he would be contacting Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz to brief him on the situation.

Wangsa Maju MP Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong, who was also present, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, during a meeting with Kuala Lumpur MPs on March 1, had said the approval for the proposed project would be put on hold pending a review.

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