KKUALA LUMPUR: The decision whether or not to close a section of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) to traffic will be announced before March 15, says Khalid Abdul Samad (pic).
The Federal Territories Minister said they and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) were still getting feedback from stakeholders on the issue.
"We have not made any decision and still in the discussion with Batu Road Retailers Association (Barra) members. We will announce it before March 15.
"Ultimately, what we want is a better and more encouraging environment for businesses. There will not be any special preference given to any parties," he said this during a press conference after visiting Jalan TAR and Lorong TAR here.
On Feb 12, Khalid announced the plan to close Jalan TAR on March 15, where only pedestrians and buses will be able to access a 1km stretch from the Jalan Esfahan to Jalan Melayu intersections.
If the conversion went well, the coming Ramadan bazaar along Jalan Masjid India would also be moved to Jalan TAR.
"Some do not want the road to be closed, some want the road for pedestrians only, some want the bazaar to be held along Jalan TAR while others don't.
"In our final analysis, feedback from businesses directly involved with the road will carry extra weight," he said.
Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said they had received feedback from about 2,400 people and the views were divided.
"The results we got is 50-50," he said.
Also present were Bukit Bintang MP Fung Kui Lun, representatives from Masjid India Business Association and Barra.
Fung said the closure was not viable as it is one of the main roads in the city.
"A study has to be done first. If the government want to place traders along Jalan TAR, I suggest they move to Kuala Lumpur Sports City in Bukit Jalil, like during the Chinese New Year period," he said.