Parking woes Congestion on narrow roads a danger to motorists


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  • Saturday, 07 Mar 2015

THANK you for highlighting in StarMetro the condition of Jalan Kemajuan.

As a resident in the area who drives on this stretch daily, I have complained many times to the authorities regarding illegal parking, potholes and lane closures along the road with no warning signs.

These issues are compounded by the current sewage works being done in the area.

It is the authorities that allow businesses to operate without consideration of the parking needs that is causing the problem.

The restaurants there have seating capacities of over 500 customers. Assuming there are four people in a car (generous estimate), the premises should have a minimum of 125 parking spots. And that does not include parking for people who work in those business establishments.

It is the same case in Section 14 and most “shophouse” developments in Petaling Jaya such as SS2 and Damansara Jaya where there is no parking consideration for people who work or patronise those businesses.

Besides parking for customers who shop at the retail outlets, there has to be enough parking for workers that are in the offices above those shops.

If 10 people work on each floor, one would assume a minimum of say four cars (just a ballpark guess) and additional two more for their visitors should be allocated.

The random approval of high-rise projects in the Section 12 and 13 areas is a concern for me as a resident in terms of what the road infrastructure can handle and directly relates to traffic, parking and safety issues.

Section 13 is an industrial area. The former Sissons/ICI Paint’s plant where Jaya 33 is located now, as an example, used to have hundreds of workers but those workers were bussed in. Today, workers drive.

The lack of parking facility and high parking charges have contributed to illegally parked cars in my neighbourhood.

The roads in these older residential areas are already narrow and these additional cars are making it dangerous to drive, let alone walk!

LONG-TIME RESIDENT

Petaling Jaya

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