Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad will be reverted to a two-way street by the end of March, following requests from the public and businessmen in Brickfields.
During a walkabout by Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry Datuk M. Saravanan and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail, the latter urged developers Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) to hasten their road works and complete them by end of March.
“We initially made it one-way based on the advice of experts but since they (the people of Brickfields) want this to be two-way again, we will revert to the old plans and monitor the situation,” said Fuad.
He said MRCB would submit a detailed report on the traffic situation to City Hall (DBKL) every two weeks.
However, the three pedestrian bridges opposed by the Malaysian Association for the Blind, the Rukun Tetangga and the management of Wisma Harapan would be built as planned.
According to Fuad, the bridges will be completed by the end of May together with the rest of the traffic dispersal project.
“There are lifts for the disabled to use these bridges. With just the traffic lights, it will not be so easy for them to cross this road when it becomes two-way,” he said.
He added that speed humps with zebra crossings might be implemented later to satisfy the three parties who requested for them.
Saravanan said the pedestrian bridges would be useful for the schoolchildren who presently had to make a mad dash across the road.
The three bridges will be located at Wisma Harapan connecting to the MGS school, SRK Brickfields connecting to the Methodist Church and Palm Court condominium connecting to the Vivekananda School.
K. Maniam, a resident of Palm Court Apartments, said the bridge in front of the apartments would be useful for schoolchildren crossing over to Vivekananda school.
“The bridge is very necessary, we should not wait for something untoward to happen before taking any action,” he said.
Saravanan said the traders whose stalls were blocking pedestrian walkways would be relocated, following a complaint by the visually impaired.
He expressed unhappiness with Telekom Malaysia and Tenaga Nasional Berhad for causing delay to the completion of the traffic dispersal project.
He said both companies had failed to complete their part of the project in the given time.
He asked MRCB to carry on with their work instead of waiting for both Telekom and Tenaga Nasional.
Also present at the walkabout were MRCB chief executive officer Datuk Mohamed Razeek Hussain and DBKL officers.
During the walkabout, Saravanan and Fuad stumbled upon a vice den along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, causing the girls to flee.
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