THE traffic flow in Jalan Bunga Mawar, Jalan Bunga Tanjung 10 and Jalan Bunga Mawar 2 leading into the traders square of Taman Muda, Cheras, has improved significantly since the implementation of a new traffic management plan.
For many years, residents and traders here faced heavy and chaotic traffic, especially during peak hours and festive seasons, as shoppers converged to get their daily necessities.
The plan was initiated as a test run in early November in an effort to ease the traffic congestion.
“Since its implementation, we have received positive feedback from residents and traders in the area,” said Teratai assemblyman Tiew Way Keng.
She explained that the new traffic management plan involved stationing six to eight officers from the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and Residents Committee (JKP) in Jalan Bunga Mawar, Jalan Bunga Tanjung 10 and Jalan Bunga Mawar 2 to direct traffic.
“These officers monitor the traffic flow along Jalan Bunga Mawar and would only allow motorists to stop to drop off passengers or pick up and unload goods within a three-minute grace period,” Tiew explained.
To diverge traffic, traffic cones are placed at the entrance in Jalan Bunga Tanjung 10 to prevent motorists in Jalan Bunga Mawar 2 from making a U-turn to get onto the road.
This measure has helped to ease traffic entering the traders square from Jalan Bunga Mawar 2 via Jalan Bunga Mawar.
“From our observation, the traffic flow has improved by about 70% to 80% with less congestion during peak times, which would be from 8am to 11am daily,” said Taman Muda Hawkers and Petty Traders Association president Chow Chee Keen.
Taman Muda resident Koh Lian Ying, 31, said the traffic plan had helped him get in and out of the square more efficiently.
“Previously, it took me about half an hour to exit the traders square. Now it takes roughly 15 minutes,” he said, adding that the presence of Rela and JKP officers had also improved the security on the roads.
“We often hear cases of snatch thefts and robberies in this area due to its popularity. It used to worry me a lot because my ageing parents often shop here.
“We haven’t heard much of such incidents since Rela and JKP officers were stationed to direct traffic. As residents, we also feel safer,” said Koh.