OVER the past 10 years, Kota Kemuning and its surrounding areas in Shah Alam have seen significant growth.
As an upcoming township with many more new projects, Kota Kemuning promised to provide a serene lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city. But unfortunately, the reality is very much the opposite, especially when it concerns traffic congestion.
Like many other townships, Kota Kemuning too has lived up to the reputation of being a driver’s nightmare when it comes to issues concerning poor traffic management, especially in the main town centre where the majority of the commercial outlets are located.
The main road leading towards Bukit Rimau and Berjaya Park has seen many accidents, some fatal, due to its bad planning.
Many right-turns from this road into the commercial hub have contributed to accidents that could have been prevented if proper road alignment was incorporated in the design phase.
To add to the misery, the traffic can be pretty heavy during office hours in this vicinity with many drivers double-parking or waiting haphazardly especially outside the banks and tuition centres.
Above that, there is an acute shortage of car parking lots. It is the same scene as in Taipan/USJ or the Bangsar commercial areas.
Though officers from the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) make their rounds, towing illegally-parked vehicles and issuing compounds to those who do not park properly, that seems fruitless in resolving the serious parking woes.
Yes, MBSA may have the right to do so but they seem to ignore the root of the problem.
When the town centre was initially built, there was a car park complex dedicated to the crowd, a well-thought of idea by the developer.
But unfortunately this car park complex has now been taken over by a private company, which transformed it into a supermarket thus depriving drivers of parking space.
If developers of the new township have integrated a car park complex, then it is only logical that it be managed for that purpose.
It defies the long-term objective of absorbing the traffic demand of a rapidly growing township that was planned from the beginning.
On one hand the public is punished by MBSA for the lack of parking space in Kota Kemuning and on the other they have been “robbed” of a parking complex.
MBSA and the state government must come clean on why this car park was turned into a supermarket. The public has the right to know.
Until then, MBSA should halt all vehicle towing activities and stop issuing summonses to drivers of illegally-parked vehicles in the Kota Kemuning town centre.
NARINDER PAL SINGH