THE new pedestrian bridge and covered walkway linking the commercial areas of Bandar Puteri 1 and Bandar Puteri 4 in Puchong will encourage more people to take public transport.
Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han said one challenge in getting people to use public transport was first and last mile connectivity.
“Not all train stations have parking facilities. “With the pedestrian bridge and covered walkway, LRT users can now park at the designated parking areas in Bandar Puteri 1 or Bandar Puteri 4 then take the train to their destination.
“The walkway is connected to the Taman Perindustrian Puchong LRT Station.
“It also offers a dedicated and safe way for pedestrians to walk between two commercial areas.”
He added that covered walkways connecting neighbourhoods was just one solution to address first and last mile connectivity, besides other options such as feeder buses and bicycle lanes.
Construction of the RM2mil project, which comprised a pedestrian bridge spanning across Lebuh Puteri and a 360m-long covered walkway, was borne by IOI Properties Group Bhd.
It has since been handed over to Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
According to Ng, the pedestrian bridge cost RM1.25mil and the covered walkway RM310,000, while the remaining amount was used for landscaping.
“The pedestrian bridge took two years to complete while the covered walkway was built within six months,” said IOI Properties Group Bhd senior general manager Chung Nyuk Kiong.
He said the bridge had three panic buttons that were monitored by auxiliary police stationed at the Puchong Financial Corporate Centre in Bandar Puteri 1.“We are also upgrading Lebuh Puteri and building another covered walkway, this time connecting Giant Bandar Puteri to just before Petronas petrol station in Bandar Puteri 8.
“This upcoming walkway, measuring about 2km long, will be fully completed by the third quarter of next year,” added Chung.
On a separate matter, Ng said traders and shoppers at morning and night markets in Selangor were generally compliant with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set out for their operations.
“The local councils are also conducting regular inspections to check on foreign traders, as they are no longer allowed to run businesses in Selangor.
“Foreigners who come to seek work in Malaysia are only allowed to work in industries that are stated in their permits.
“One challenge that the local councils face is in foreign workers who marry Malaysians and apply for business licences using the spouse’s name,” said Ng, who is also state local government, public transportation and new village development committee chairman.