Friday, 13 January 2017

(The Star) Residents against carpark project

A planned carpark in Jalan Khalsa, Taman Kaya, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, has drawn the ire of residents in the area.
The residents said they were shocked when contractors moved into the area with excavators and started clearing the site and carrying out earthworks.
They said they had not been notified about the project and that there had been no engagement with stakeholders.
Teh Lip Say said the proposal to turn Jalan Khalsa into a one-way street to accommodate the carpark would leave residents with only one access road into the area.
Jalan Khalsa is a very narrow road, and most times, it is reduced to a single lane.
“The situation is worse during the school term as parents picking up their children from the Chong Hwa Independent High School would park their vehicles along the whole stretch of the road.
“Now we will have to brave the congestion just to enter and exit our homes,” she said, adding that motorists would have to make a U-turn into Jalan Tapah to exit.
Teh added that the parking facility, which is being built by Ekovest Bhd, was against a prior agreement to limit any activity under the Duke Highway.
“Sometime in 2008, we had a meeting with the developer and the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to fence up the area and turn it into a green lung. But this never materialised,” she said.
Another resident, Harvinder Kaur, said the constant vibration from the earthworks could jeopardise the structure of the houses nearby.
“Already, the highway overhead is causing us disruptive nights; now the construction of the carpark will worsen the situation,” she said.
Residents also questioned why the carpark would only be open to school staff and residents of a nearby condominium.
Taman Kaya and Springfield Residents Association chairman Judy Wong said a protest letter would be sent to Ekovest, the developer, to demand an immediate stop to the project.
“Before any work continues, we want a meeting with all the parties involved, including Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the developer and representatives from Chong Hwa,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ekovest project director Chua Soo Kok said the changes to the traffic flow in Jalan Khalsa and the carpark were in anticipation of the upcoming construction of the MRT Line 2 in Jalan Ipoh.
“Once the St Thomas and Batu Kentonmen stations are built, the right turn from Jalan Khalsa into Jalan Ipoh would have to be removed as the train line would sit on the road median.
“The carpark would also function as a park-and-ride facility for the two stations,” he said.
Chua added that the carpark would have 500 lots, and about 250 would be allocated for MRT users while 60 would be for residents of Villa Angsana condominium.
“The rest will be open to the public on a pay-per-use basis.
“For safety reasons, a 20m radius around the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) pylons will be reserved as a buffer zone and no vehicles can be parked there,” Chua added.
A height-control gantry will also be installed at the entrance of the carpark as only passengers’ vehicles will be allowed.
The existing Jalan Khalsa will be widened to 6m by DBKL, he said.
“In addition, a two-way bridge link is being built from the Duke Highway to Jalan Ipoh, reducing travel time as motorists currently have to enter the highway via Jalan Kuching,” Chua said.

He added that all the proposals had received the green light from the various relevant agencies including DBKL, TNB and LLM.