Residents in Petaling Jaya can look forward to more free public parking areas in the city soon.
The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is hoping to provide more bays to curb parking woes.
Last weekend, MBPJ launched its first pilot project in Section 10 where 116 parking lots were made available.
Situated near the Catholic High School, St. Francis Xavier Church and a row of shophouses, the parking area is said to be able to serve a large number of people on weekdays and weekends.
The RM465,000 project took about three months to complete.
However, councillor Derek Fernandez said more funds might be needed because they were planning to install CCTV cameras and wire nets at the site soon. It would cost about RM133,000.
“The cost was relatively low. Many of the contractors whom we appointed initially did not want to take up the job because the work includes cutting of slopes, building drains and resurfacing the road,” he added.
Fernandez, who was at the launch together with mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman, hoped the state government will allow the council to use its reserve funds to create more free parking areas.
Other spots identified were mostly vacant land below the Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s (TNB) power cables which had been deemed safe by the utility company.
He said all spots would have tiled walkways where the public could walk, cycle or run on.
“Our dream is to create a linear corridor in Petaling Jaya by connecting residents from one neighbourhood to another.
“For instance, they can walk from their home to Section 52 on lighted walkways,” he said.
Enforcement and police officers would be on site to monitor the parking bays even though CCTV cameras are to be installed at the spots.
MBPJ is also looking into changing the traffic flow in the area by closing the right turn junction to Jalan Gasing and Jalan 10/1.
MBPJ is also planning to convert Jalan 10/1 into a two-way traffic flow starting from Jalan Gasing to allow cars to enter the public car park.
The council will be gazetting Jalan 10/5, 10/4, 10/1 and parts of Jalan Gasing as a towing zone.
Operational hours for the free parking area is from 7am to 9.30pm daily. Car owners who do not remove their vehicles after 9.30pm will be towed away by MBPJ enforcement officers the following day.
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