Major facelift for Jalan Alor


PLANS to upgrade and beautify Jalan Alor and Tengkat Tong Shin — the street food paradise in the heart of Kuala Lumpur — is currently under way.

The first meeting was held on Tuesday between stakeholders for the project dubbed the Jalan Alor Night Food Paradise. It was attended by residents, business owners and hawkers from area.

Jalan Alor is known for serving Malaysian street food, particularly at night, but the lack of cleanliness is a concern.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the cooperation of stakeholders was important to resolve problems and make the area a better place for all.

“We will have meetings with target groups to get their feedback on the project,” said Ahmad Phesal.

He added that none of the residents of the more than 200 apartments and 100 traders would be displaced by the project.

The project is estimated to cost RM12mil and is one of the three upgrading projects undertaken by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

The other two involve Jalan Kenanga and Chow Kit areas.

The project is slated to begin in November and targetted for completion in August next year.

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun submitted a proposal to upgrade the area a few years ago.

“However, there are some issues to be addressed and I will go down to the ground to get details,” he said.

The works in the area include:

·upgrading walkways and making it disabled-friendly,

·standardising use of quality furniture and stall design,

·improving general lighting,

·upgrading the drains in the area and covering them along the walkways for additional dining space,

·landscaping, including planting trees and use of flower boxes,

·repainting buildings using a standardised colour scheme, and

·resurfacing roads.

During the meeting, stakeholders raised several issues such as the lack of promotional signage and residents living in the area were throwing rubbish out of their windows, clogging drains and emitting a stench.

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