A MULTI-LEVEL carpark and wider walkways are among plans proposed to spruce up Klang’s Little India business enclave.
The ideas are mainly to reduce traffic congestion and prevent flash floods in the busy area.
Present at the meeting were representatives from the Entrepre-neurs’ Association of Little India, Selangor Gerakan vice-president Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay, who represented the Federal Government, and traders.
Kohilan said wider walkways with bollards would make it safer for pedestrians and prevent haphazard parking on the roadside.
He also suggested that a multi-level carpark be built at the current parking area across St Barnabas Church in Jalan Dato Hamzah.
“The basement can serve as a retention pond to prevent flash floods, the ground floor becomes a trading area, the first to fourth floors are carparks while the top floor can be an open-air café.
“We cannot have it only as a multi-level carpark as we need to create movement of people for safety and economic purposes.
“I suggest that the ground floor trading area and café be designated for Indian youths to start businesses,” he said.
Kohilan also advised the association to ensure that people living in the area gave their views when collecting data for the proposed plans.
Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry former president Madhu Sudan Nair said as a pilot project, it would be good to have two free buses on weekends plying the route hourly to and from Jalan Mengkuang, Taman Setia, Taman Melawis and Taman Chi Liung.
“Ours is an ageing population and most of the people I talk to want better connectivity via free bus service,” he said.
Entrepreneurs Association of Little India president N.P. Raman said plans for the refurbishment of Little India would provide Klang Municipal Council, the state government and Federal Government greater understanding of the infrastructure needed.
Sri Rasi Silks director K.S. Maniam said the focus must be to increase pedestrian traffic with covered walkways in Jalan Tengku Kelana.
Yashree Store Sdn Bhd managing director Charles Manikam said Little India must be aesthetically enhanced by creating murals to liven up dull surfaces.