Brickfields community want heavy vehicles out of Jln Sultan Abdul Samad
Brickfields residents want the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to work out a system to divert main traffic and heavy vehicles from Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad.
They said the noise and vibration from the heavy traffic were disruptive to schoolchildren studying at the schools along the street.
The residents pointed this out at a Brickfields Rukun Tetangga (RT) meeting between the police and 27 stakeholders comprising representatives from schools, businesses, residents and NGOs.
They also suggested that Jalan Tun Sambanthan be reverted to the old system which was two-way traffic.
“Or at least open up the stretch from the Petronas station to SMK La Salle to two-way traffic,” they appealed.
Although DBKL has promised to revert Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad to two-way traffic, residents feel that the problems resulting from main road traffic being diverted into this road is not addressed.
The residents also highlighted the inconvenience and danger the blind community faces daily in moving about in the area.
According to Loh Kong Ken from the Society of the Blind in Malaysia, at least one blind person is involved in an accident every week and two have been admitted to the hospital since the current traffic dispersal was introduced.
The stakeholders also questioned DBKL for approving high-rise buildings along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, which already has mosques, schools, temples and churches.
They said building pedestrian bridges along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad was a waste of money and they would become white elephants.
Developer MRCB is building seven bridges in Brickfields, three of which are along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad.
Shop operators said business had dropped by at least 50%, with many closing due to the high rental and takeovers by businessmen from India.
RT chairman S.K.K Naidu said several Chennai and India-based businesses were taking over the spots in Brickfields.
He said Little India might soon become another Chennai.
Another issue discussed was the importance of having a police station in Brickfields because of the massive development and Little India being a tourist spot.
The stakeholders said an increase in crime would mar the image of the country.
Naidu said most people only made a police report if they lost their identity cards so the police might not have the real crime statistics.
“This is why we need a police station or the district police station, not just a police beat-base in Little India,” he said.
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