BANGSAR residents laud the Government’s move to control commercialisation in their township but said that any decision to curb such practices must come with follow-through action or else it will just be another case of lip-service.
“They must ensure that periodic enforcement is carried out to check on illegal renovations as well as illegal extensions of business premises,’’ said Lucky Garden resident Ramesh Nadarajah, who has been living in the area for more than a decade.
“I have witnessed many residential homes in the area turned into commercial complex over the years which had disrupted the peace and harmony of the neighbourhood. A good example is the One Bangsar complex which created a lot of social problem in my neighbourhood,’’ said Ramesh.
“Despite numerous complaints, the authorities allowed the project to go on when it was strictly only for residential homes,’’ he said.
On the Bangsar Selera food court issue, Ramesh said City Hall must maintain the area as a community food court and not allow it to be turned into a commercial project.
“I remember going there in the 90s and enjoying cheap hawker food with my family and friends.
“Today there are hardly any affordable places to eat in Bangsar which is a pity,’’ he said, adding that the food court must remain to serve the low-income group.
Bukit Bandaraya deputy president Mumtaz Ali said the Bangsar food court must remain as a food court but with better facilities.
“It is run-down and an eyesore. The management should have upgraded the place when they were building the Bangsar Village II. It should be retained to offer hawkers and public an affordable alternative,’’ Ali said.
Daljit Kaur who runs her boutique opposite the food court said Bangsar does not need another high-end commercial complex.
“It is already congested I already have problems to get a parking space here. What we need is to refurbish and upgrade the present food court,’’ she said.
Daljit added that an ideal facelift would be for the management to adopt an open-air garden concept with glass facade as it would complement the general look of the surrounding developments.
Joe Lee who lives in Jalan Telawi said he wants the food court to be retained but felt that effort must be made to spruce it up.
“It is dirty and smells of rat urine — this is very unhealthy and can be dangerous,’’ he said, adding that City Hall must look at cleaning up the place.
StarMetro reported that the Bangsar Selera food court, formerly known as the Jolly Green Giant, located next to Bangsar Village II and opposite Devi’s Corner is being considered for a new commercial complex.
There are talks that Bangsar Baru developer Eng Lian Enterprise who owns the food court, planned to develop the place to make it as vibrant as their other two projects, Bangsar Village I and II, and that a proposal has been sent to DBKL.
Jolly Green Giant, was known for its hawker food in the early 80s and 90s.
It underwent a RM4mil facelift with an open-air concept several years ago.
It is managed by Eng Lian, who takes care of the facilities and general cleanliness and hygiene while DBKL deals with the licensing aspect.