PLANS are in the pipeline to give Zone Bangsar, which is under the Lembah Pantai constituency, a complete makeover, which according to MP Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, is long overdue.
“The time has come for Zone Bangsar to have a facelift and DBKL has agreed to most of our requests,” she said at her office recently.
Zone Bangsar encompasses areas like Bangsar Baru, Bangsar Park, Lucky Garden and Bukit Bandaraya. Its point of delineation ends at Angkasapuri.
Shahrizat said development had been active in the zone.
“So much has changed that you can’t even recognise the skyline now,” she said. “However, the neighbourhoods, especially the commercial district, has aged.”
Shahrizat and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan visited the areas recently to see what could be done to give the zone a new look.
Among the issues brought up included residents’ requests to upgrade old water pipes in Lucky Garden, tiles on road curbs, and for more streetlights.
Shahrizat is also looking into the needs of Bangsar’s disabled community, too.
“Shopping complexes, such as the new Bangsar Village 2, need to beef up on its safety features for pedestrians, senior citizens and the disabled,” she said, adding that residents also requested a new location for the filthy Lucky Garden wet market.
“I have given traders an ultimatum,” said Shahrizat. “We will not compromise on cleanliness and hygiene. If they want to remain there, then they will have to buck up.”
Lucky Garden Residents Association president Ahmad Nordeen said the hawkers’ corner, behind the TMC supermarket, needed to be upgraded, too.
“If the hawkers and wet market traders do not maintain cleanliness, then they have to go, irrespective of how convenient their location is to residents,” he said.
Bangsar Baru Residents Association president Datuk George Joseph said something should be done to ease traffic in Bangsar.
“Development has resulted in an increase of traffic that is coming into Jalan Maarof, Lucky Garden, Bangsar Park, Bangsar Baru and Bukit Bandaraya,” he said. “Hence, DBKL needs to review the whole traffic flow of the area, especially the commercial hub.”
Bangsar Business Council president Ronnie Quay is especially concerned with the traffic coming in from Mid Valley Megamall.
“Diversion is necessary to avoid the massive traffic flow into Jalan Maarof,” he said, adding that taxi drivers waiting with their vehicles to pump gas at the Petronas station along Jalan Maarof was also a cause for the congestion.
Quay said City Hall should increase its enforcement in the area to check on illegal car jockeys and Mat Rempits.
Whether or not all the problems can be solved is unsure. But, Shahrizat wants a lot more greenery in Bangsar and has requested City Hall to plant additional trees.
Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association president Tunku Zahiah welcomed the move. “We would also like City Hall to maintain children’s playgrounds,” she said. “It would be nice if it maintained school fields, too.”
She said residents could also turn the fields into venues for community events.
All the associations, however, are unanimous in wanting a police station in Bangsar.
Their proposal is to have one built on the vacant land currently occupied by private company.
“The land is big enough to cater for an office of City Hall’s enforcement unit as well as for all four RAs,” said George.