Work to upgrade Jalan Maarof in Bangsar to ease traffic congestion during peak hours will begin within six months.
Bangsar Baru residents were given the good news by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin during a crime-prevention exercise with the police in Jalan Maarof 7.
The Bangsar Baru Residents Association has brought up the need to expand and widen Jalan Maarof due to heavy traffic flow during peak hours.
“The plans are under way and we are now waiting for the budget approval,” said Nong Chik.
The road heading into Jalan Maarof from Jalan Travers will be made into three lanes while the opposite lane from Jalan Maarof exiting into Jalan Travers will be made two ways.
Nong Chik said they would beef up enforcement during the construction period to ensure a smooth traffic flow.
“We will also check on the timing of the traffic lights to see if it would help as well. There will also have to be proper management during the construction period to ensure traffic will not be disrupted,” he added.
After the crime-prevention exercise, Nong Chik held a discussion with the residents that was attended by the police and Syabas.
Among the issues raised at the meeting was a plot of land in Jalan Maarof near the Saidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq Mosque, that is supposed to be an open space but is now occupied by a car showroom.
“Ever since I took office, I have been striving to get the land back for the people to be used as an open space. The matter is still being discussed,” added Nong Chik.
The residents also requested for a police station in Bangsar but Nong Chik said there was no provision for it now.
Bangsar Baru RA president Datuk George Joseph also asked Nong Chik and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to improve the cleanliness, security and enforcement of the Bangsar Baru pasar malam.
Nong Chik said if the Pasar Malam Association failed to keep the place clean, DBKL would engage Alam Flora to clean up.
He said DBKL and the police would help in ensuring no untoward incidents occurred during the weekly night market.
“The residents have also asked us about the status of houses along Jalan Maarof and we have confirmed that it has not been converted to commercial use except for two, a kindergarten and a dialysis centre,” said Nong Chik.
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