Traffic and noise woes in Brickfields

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Traffic and noise woes in Brickfields

Postby admin » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:20 am

THE conversion of Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad into a one-way street on Aug 3, to make way for a better traffic flow, has not gone down well with residents and business community in the area, particularly those living in Palm Court Condominium.

After the new system was put in place, traffic has become a nightmare with residents having sleepless nights from noise pollution.

Fed up with what they claim as the authorities turning a blind eye to their plight, the residents formed the Palm Court Condominium Action Committee to address all concerns pertaining to the one-way street issue.

Committee coordinator K.S. Yong said complaints had been pouring in regarding safety, congestion and air and noise pollution since the new system was implemented.

“Heavy vehicles have been plying the road from morning to night and the noise has become intolerable. We have to keep our doors and windows shut all day to keep out the noise and dust,” said the 56-year-old.

Anthony Looi, 52, and Ajong Sidin, 54, both residents of Palm Court and are visually-impaired, said the zebra crossing along the stretch did not have a beeper to inform them if it was safe to cross.

“There has been many near misses since the rood was converted into one way,” said Ajong.

Housewife M. Vani, 35, said the loud noise from traffic was disrupting school lessons and teachers had to shout at the top of their voices while teaching.

“I have received complaints from both the teachers and students about the traffic noise,” she said.

“The quality of life here has gone down overnight,” said 60-year-old Jenny Lim.

Many of the residents who turned up at the press conference organised by the action committee on Saturday were also unhappy with the authorities locating the Brickfields night market in Jalan Berhala.

“We objected to the proposal last year in a meeting with officers from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and suggested that the night market be relocated to the Tun Sambanthan monorail station,” said the Temple of Fine Arts president V. Kanagasivam.

“It took us all by surprise when the night market was set up in Jalan Berhala last Thursday. The site was chaotic,” he said.

P.T. Arasu of Palm Court Condominium said the night market was a big problem and must be resolved or else it was going to get worse. Yong said all these issues required immediate attention from the authorities.

Last Thursday, DBKL decided to carry out a trial run on the night market at Jalan Berhala. The entrances to houses and shops along the stretch were blocked by the stalls, resulting in confusion and chaos. Residents said they were not informed of the change and hence were not prepared.

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