‘Parking was never part of MRT station’

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019

Ean Yong (centre, in white) and MPSJ councillors visiting the Seri Kembangan MRT station construction site at Jalan Raya Satu.

RESIDENTS have expressed concerns that the Seri Kembangan MRT station, which is being built, will not have dedicated parking.

Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah said residents were not happy that it was a no-parking station.

“This is a big issue as we don’t want passengers to park in the residential area, namely Taman Kembangsari and Kampung Baru Seri Kembangan, ” he said during a site visit.

Ean Yong added that discussions are ongoing with Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), MMC Gamuda KVMRT (PDP SSP) Sdn Bhd as well as the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) on the issue.

MMC Gamuda deputy project director (elevated section) Amir Malik Faeiz, in a statement on behalf of MRT Corp, confirmed that the station would not have a park and ride (PnR) facility.

He said the station did not fulfil the key prerequisites for the building of a PnR facility, which were catchment, bus accessibility and land availability.

“The station will cater to nearby residential and commercial areas which are Kampung Baru Seri Kembangan, Serdang Jaya, Taman Sri Serdang and the Seri Kembangan Industrial area.

“As the intermediate station serving the suburban area of Seri Kembangan, feeder bus services will be the primary mode of access to the station and shall serve outer catchment areas within a 3km radius, ” he said.

Space constraints and limited land availability is another reason a PnR facility will not be built.

“The Selangor Executive Council and authorities were briefed about the entire project plan in 2015.

“Stakeholders within the vicinity of Seri Kembangan were also briefed on this as part of our engagement exercise in 2016 before the start of construction, ” said Amir Malik.

The construction of the MRT station is expected to be completed in 2022.

Another issue raised by residents was poor road conditions around the construction site.

“This is due to poor maintenance by the contractor, construction works, heavy vehicles and heavy traffic flow, ” Ean Yong said, noting that there were many potholes on the road.

He said after a dialogue, contractors resurfaced 1.5km of Jalan Raya Satu.

“Resurfacing of the rest of the road and Jalan Raya Tiga has yet to be done.”

He added that the issue of flash floods at Jalan Raya Satu is still unresolved.

Amir Malik said structural works were still ongoing in the area so only localised road patching can be done. — By KYRISHA RAJAN

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