Mayor to tackle jams


metrose@thestar.com.my

KUALA TERENGGANU: Solving the traffic-jam problem here is of utmost priority for new Kuala Terengganu mayor Datuk Adzlan Mohd Dagang who took over the city council’s helm after the recent state civil service reshuffle.

Since he took office on Feb 1, Adzlan is determined to put an end to the peak-hour jams.

The city’s roads are too narrow and the traffic volume has multiplied tremendously over the past five years.

Economic growth is a contributing factor to the bottlenecks.

“This is my foremost agenda. I want a better traffic system to reduce the jams,” Adzlan said on Saturday.

He also plans to resolve the lack of parking lots in the city.

He intends to source for a plot in the city’s heart for conversion into a parking area.

“This will help solve the traffic congestion as some motorists hog the road when looking for a parking space,” he said.

He also plans to construct shopping complexes outside the city’s jurisdiction to discourage locals from jamming the city when out shopping.

Most of the shopping complexes were situated in the city centre and this contributed to the traffic problems, he said.

Adzlan also aims to lure branded labels to the city so that locals would not have to travel to Kuala Lumpur to shop.

“We will find a suitable site and prepare the infrastructure for a niche shopping zone to cater to the middle class,” he added.

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