THE residents and businessmen in Bangsar are concerned over the worsening traffic congestion in their neighbourhood, especially in Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Maarof and Jalan Ara.
During a meeting with Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin recently, they made it clear that they want a solution to the problem.
The representatives from the Bangsar Baru Residents Association, Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association, Lucky Garden Residents Association, Bangsar Park Residents Association and the Bangsar Business Council suggested measures to Nong Chik to help ease the gridlock.
They suggested that:
*As an immediate measure, they wanted the NGV supply base at Petronas station to be relocated or to have the NGV supply hours for taxis regulated to non-peak hours;
*Widening the stretch of Jalan Maarof from the intersection of Jalan Bangsar up to Masjid Saidina Abu Bakar As-Sidique. This may provide an additional lane to ease congestion.
*To consider a tidal traffic flow along a stretch of Jalan Maarof during peak hours from Jalan Bangsar; and
*To carry out a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) study for the whole of Bangsar.
Bukit Bandaraya deputy president M. Ali said there must not be any compromise on the needs of the residents as Bangsar was an established and developed housing community.
“There must be easy access for the home-bound Bangsarian. However, if the objective is to attract more traffic through Jalan Maarof it would only worsen the traffic situation along Jalan Maarof and the parallel roads creating a disaster for the residents,’’ Ali said.
“DBKL and the ministry must be careful in not worsening the traffic situation.
“The residents have been against increasing the traffic volume through Jalan Maarof or Bangsar from the start and we want tranquility and peace at home and not buzzing traffic,’’ he added.
Bukit Bandaraya RA had also suggested to DBKL to study the feasibility of constructing a direct ramp or loop (even underground pass) from Mid-Valley City Centre (MVCC) towards the city and Petaling Jaya.
The RA believes that it will minimise the traffic flow into Jalan Maarof and Bangsar.
“The traffic flowing from MVCC poses great danger to both life and property with the daily large number of vehicles making an illegal U-turn at the traffic lights intersection near the mosque,’’ Ali said.
Bangsar Park RA president Major (R) Raja Kandan agreed that a solution must be found for the Jalan Maarof congestion especially for the traffic coming into Bangsar.
“As short-term measures, widening the road will help ease the gridlock,’’ said Raja Kandan.
Raja Kandan also stressed that the NGV supply by the Petronas station should be regulated at non peak hours as it would also help the situation.
Nong Chik was symphathetic to the residents plight and requested DBKL to carry out Traffic Impact Assessment study as soon as possible.
“We will meet the Petronas people next week to brief them on this matter. As for the additional lane we may need some time to study,’’ he said.
Nong Chik also assured the residents that before any new projects in Bangsar were implemented, the views of the residents would be taken into consideration.