Subang Jaya municipal councillor George Yap has proposed converting Jalan Merbah 3, Jalan Merbah 4 and Jalan Merbah 1 in Bandar Puchong Jaya into one-way routes as part of measures to ease traffic congestion.
“I believe the proposed change in traffic movement will bring about smoother traffic flow. Motorists coming from the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) into the commercial area and even to IOI Puchong Mall will find it easier to navigate in the area,” he said.
He added that it was only a proposal and if motorists or business owners had other suggestions, they could bring it up with Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
Yap said there was also a proposal to have metered parking for the 367 parking bays around Jalan Merbah 3, Jalan Merbah 4 and Jalan Merbah 1.
Business owners and even customers who frequent the area are against the idea of charging for parking.
Businessman Chan Chee Wah, 35, said MPSJ must not impose charges for parking around the commercial area as it would drive off customers in these tough economic times.
“Restaurants, budget hotels and other shops are charging less to attract people to the area and the metered parking will be like throwing a spanner in the works. We are fine with the rerouting of traffic but not metered parking,” he said.
Arthur Gomez, 65, said it was good to reroute traffic but MPSJ must paint the entrance into Jalan Merbah 3 from the LDP green while the exit in Jalan Merbah 1 should be painted yellow.
“It is important to define both paths as it can be chaotic during peak hours. I would like to suggest embedding reflectors in the road to create a sense of alertness at night,” said Gomez, a retired teacher.
Selangor Environment Association (consumer committee) president M. Varatharajoo said MPSJ should not impose metered parking for the area in these challenging economic times.
“Yap’s idea of having a one-way route could be good but there are other measures that can be introduced to get rid of double parking, such as installing concrete bollards and road dividers and stepping up patrols by the council’s enforcement,” he said.
Varatharajoo said MPSJ could consider a permanent three-man enforcement team to patrol the business areas in Bandar Puchong Jaya as this would also help to curb snatch theft.