People-friendly approach for redesign

(From left) Raman, Entrepreneurs Association of Little India Klang committee member Prakash K. Vasan and Charles Ariaratnam looking at the memorandum on Jalan Tengku Kelana. — K.K. SHAM/The Star

KLANG Municipal Council (MPK) aims to adopt a people-friendly approach and redesign Jalan Tengku Kelana, the main street of Little India, to improve overall safety for pedestrians.

MPK president Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said the council was considering having wide sidewalks on the busy street to reclaim urban spaces.

“We need well-planned sidewalks to provide space for people to move around, shop, meet and socialise.

“Wide sidewalks augur well for the Indian business enclave which is a popular tourist spot.

“It will encourage people to walk, as a three-metre wide pedestrian walkway gives people space.

“Physical distancing may require even more space in high volume areas,” he added.

Urban design consultant Ihsan Zainal Mokhtar said that in current times, people want better public spaces and this should be incorporated in redevelopment plans to transform the area.

“With 100 pre-war shops on both sides, Jalan Tengku Kelana is a busy street and haphazard parking is common.

“New strategies are needed to ease traffic flow in this commercial area,” he said.

He suggested the removal of the road median, adding textured stone pavers to pedestrianise the street and installing appropriate facilities to encourage people to browse.

On Monday, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KLSICCI) Klang District liaison chairman NP Raman handed a memorandum to Fadzli with a proposal to turn Jalan Tengku Kelana into a one-way street with designated bays for cars to park.

Currently, motorists are not allowed to park their cars on the road but they continue to do so, resulting in the council having to tow the vehicles away.

An average of 50 cars are towed from here in a month.

In addition to MPK’s action, the police issue summonses too.

Each car towed by the council is served with a compound of RM300 and a towing fee of RM100.

Raman said they would like parking bays to be created on both sides of the road and a stretch of Jalan Tengku Kelana turned into a one-way street to reduce traffic congestion.

“We want the 350m stretch from Jalan Tengku Kelana’s junction with Jalan Tengku Diaudin to its junction with Jalan Taliair turned into a one-way street so that cars can park at designated bays on both sides of the road,” he added.

Raman said their proposal would enable those coming from Musaedin Bridge to turn left while motorists from Jalan Tengku Diaudin could turn right into Jalan Tengku Kelana or go left onto Jalan Musaedin.

“Motorists coming from the Simpang Lima roundabout will have to turn into Jalan Taliair and enter Jalan Tengku Diaudin via Jalan Mohet, before turning right into the 350m stretch of Jalan Tengku Kelana,” he elaborated.

Fadzli said MPK would study the memorandum and hold a briefing with traders and the KLSICCI Klang district liaison to get feedback.

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