PETALING JAYA: Organisers of the national-level Chinese New Year open house at Dataran Petaling Jaya on Saturday have set up a panel to deal with the expected massive traffic flow to the venue.
Chaired by Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, the committee has identified 7,674 parking bays in the area which could be used for the event, scheduled from 6pm to midnight.
Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said traffic management was always a major problem during any big event.
Based on past experience such as during the national-level Hari Raya open house which was held in Jitra, Kedah, and Chinese New Year open house in Ipoh, Perak, the public always face problems getting to the venue.
Some have to walk three or four miles as public transport is not available, he told reporters during a visit to the venue yesterday.
To be telecast live by RTM, the event is expected to attract more than 200,000 guests and the ministry has invited more than 200 foreign tour operators and the media.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid will head the list of dignitaries for the event, which is aimed at promoting racial unity and tolerance.
The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin ldris Shah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Cabinet ministers will attend the function which is organised by the Federal and Selangor governments.
Lim said VIP guests can park at the TNB building in Jalan Timur, Amcorp Mall, Complex C, Road Transport Department (JPJ) office in Lorong Persekutuan, Legion Parking (in front of the Taman Jaya LRT station) and Taman Jaya.
Car parks are also available at the PJ Civic Hall, Section 8 (behind Courts Mammoth), Bangunan Persekutuan, Jalan Sultan, PKNS tower, Jalan Yong Shook Lin, the PJ Hilton (under the bridge), the Meteorological Services Department in Lorong Persekutuan, Market Complex in Jalan Othman, Jalan Changai, Jalan Selangor, Jalan Yong Sook Lin, Jalan Penchala, Jalan Section 11, NPC building in Lorong Persekutuan, Lorong Persekutuan and the Safety Driving School in Lorong Utara C.
There are another 1,150 parking bays at the Kelana Jaya, Taman Bahagia, Paramount Garden and Asia Jaya LRT stations.
Those who come by car should use Jalan Gasing and Jalan Templer which will be closed by 5pm, Lim said.
He advised the public to take the Putra LRT as Putra is offering a 50% discount for return tickets to Taman Jaya from any destination along the Putra line from 5pm until 8pm.
The service at Taman Jaya will be extended to 3am.
Lim said the public may take the KTM Komuter, which will also offer a 50% discount by allowing adults to use children tickets, from any station to and from the Kampung Datuk Harun and KL Sentral stations.
Bus services will be provided from the Asia Pacific Auction Centre (APAC) in Subang (opposite the Subang Terminal One airport and passengers can get down at Jalan Timor, which will be the pick-up point.
Lim said the JPJ will provide a free feeder bus service from Jalan Timur to Dataran PJ.
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