Condo buyers: Widen busy Kepong road to avoid bottleneck

The bottleneck at this stretch of Jalan Metro Perdana Barat, where the three-lane road narrows into one lane. — GLENN GUAN/The Star

BUYERS and future residents of Mizumi Residences want the authorities to speed up the widening of Jalan Metro Perdana Barat to reduce congestion and the bottleneck in the Kepong neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping, the developer of a mixed development next to Mizumi Residences is supposed to widen Jalan Metro Perdana Barat as part of its project.

“The traffic situation here is dangerous because the road is three lanes-wide coming from the Middle Ring Road (MRR2) direction, but narrows down to one lane near Mizumi Residences and onwards to Jalan 15/34C,” said Yee.

Vincent Yau, who is moving into Mizumi Residences this month, said there was already a bottleneck in front of the condominium.

“If the authorities and developer don’t do anything now, the congestion will surely worsen,” he said.

On top of this, Yau said many motorists would often illegally park their vehicles along the road shoulder and road divider, further narrowing the road.

Instead of issuing summonses, he urged Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to tow away the vehicles.

Tiong Ing Ing hoped the authorities would also instal speed bumps just before Mizumi Residences, which is located near a busy intersection.

“My concern is that it will be difficult to exit the condominium and head towards Jalan Besar Kepong, which will be my daily route to work,” said Tiong, 30, who will move in there at end of the year.

Yee said Jalan Metro Perdana Barat was a busy road connecting to MRR2 on one end, and with Jalan Besar Kepong and Jalan Kuching on the other.

“Several high-rise residences located along Jalan Metro Perdana Barat were completed and occupied over the past five years.

“There are about 3,500 units at The Henge and Kepongmas, followed by 1,512 units for Phase Two of Mizumi Residences. Phase Two is now at the vacant possession stage.

“Phase One comprising 1,520 Rumawip units, will only be completed in 2023.

“Meanwhile, the mixed development project next door is expected to be ready three to seven years from now.

“Phase One comprises 73 three- storey shoplots; there are other phases comprising residential and commercial components.”

Yee added that Jalan Metro Perdana Barat also served as an access point to Kepong Metropolitan Park where some park-goers park their vehicles illegally.

“The situation here is dangerous for motorists, condominium residents, pedestrians and park users.

“I have written to DBKL’s Infrastructure Planning Depart-ment about the problem and urged the mixed development’s developer to undertake the road-widening exercise first.

“Under normal circumstances, a developer would complete their project before moving on to the supporting infrastructure.

“Here, we are appealing for the infrastructure to be completed first.

“This can be done as part of the developer’s corporate social responsibility, and to ensure public safety.”

Yee said he was verbally informed by DBKL that it would conduct a site visit to Jalan Metro Perdana Barat, followed by a discussion with the developer.

He urged Kepong Metropolitan Park users to be more considerate and park at the nearby Fortune Perdana apartment complex or Kepong Entrepreneurs Park so that their vehicles did not pose a hazard to people.

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