THE residents, business community and stakeholders of Bangsar and Brickfields have been given a month to provide feedback to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) over the road dispersal project taking shape in their neighbourhood.
At a briefing with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail recently, the mayor agreed to provide details on the social impact and traffic assessment reports and analysis done for the areas concerned.
Fuad told residents that they could arrange a meeting with the project developer Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB) to view the full details of the project or via the MRCB website.
“Any proposals or suggestions must be made in writing and we will compile them to be submitted to the Federal Territories Ministry,’’ he said.
During the briefing which lasted two hours, most residents were unhappy over some of the traffic dispersal schemes put forward by the DBKL.
The scheme is being carried out to ease traffic congestion in the area. But residents feel that it will only worsen the traffic system in the area.
The proposed traffic solution under the RM110mil stimulus packages, include Package 1: construction of flyover at Jalan Travers/Jalan Bangsar Intersection, Package 2: construction of flyover from KL Sentral to Jalan Damansara & the Mahameru Highway, Package 3: upgrading of Jalan Tun Sambanthan and its vicinity, Package 4: construction of pedestrian bridges & linkages, Package 5: upgrade and repair roads in KL Sentral and Package 6: construction of elevated road from Jalan Bangsar to Jalan Maarof.
Bukit Bandaraya resident Mumtaz Ali questioned the rationale of building elevated highways, ramps and bridges to solve KL’s congestion problem.
“Shouldn’t you guys be focusing on improving public transportation instead?’’ Mumtaz asked.
Mumtaz said the Stimulus package 1 would not help ease traffic congestion at all. It’s all about creating a conducive dispersal scheme for KL Sentral, but not its surroundings,’’ he said.
Resident Sashi Menon said DBKL was not listening to the people’s views.
“We have brought this matter up at the first briefing with them, and it looks like they have not taken our considerations.
“To me, this meeting is a waste of time and the traffic dispersal plan is being done purely for the self interest of KL Sentral,’’ he said.
Many residents from Brickfields were also against the move to turn Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad into a one-way street.
“It is bad news if Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad becomes a one-way street.
“The entire stretch has got several Hindu temples, churches, a mosque, 13 schools and condominiums. Where are the parents, devotees, and residents going to park?” asked G. Gunasegaran.
He added that the entire plan only addressed the macro element of the traffic dispersal system and ignored the micro aspect.
Many residents also requested for details like traffic assessment reports and analysis on the project to be made available to them.