Monday, 6 August 2018

(The Star) Proposal calls for one-way loop in Klang

A proposed traffic realignment that involves part of Jalan Tengku Kelana in Klang being turned into a one-way loop must undergo an assessment to evaluate access roads around the buildings in the area and impact of traffic at intersections, says Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Selangor Palace representative Datuk Abdul Ghani Pateh Akhir.

“It was the Little India Entrepreneurs Association that mooted the idea sometime back. I agree it could be a good idea to disperse traffic in an efficient and effective manner.

“The plan would involve 350m of Jalan Tengku Kelana, but a traffic assessment is needed to weigh all aspects involving access roads around buildings (site impact) and movement of vehicles at intersections (traffic impact),” he added.

Abdul Ghani said he agreed to the idea in principle, if it brings benefits such as improved liveability, economic benefits and ease of movement to the people in the Little India area.

“Some are of the opinion that the one-way loop is better for road safety and will also allow for improvements such as pavements, which would be good for pedestrians.

“The decision on such improvements will come from the municipality’s traffic division in the Engineering Department,” he said.

Abdul Ghani, who had a dialogue with the association members at MPK’s e-Library in Jalan Tengku Kelana last week, added that he would convey the traders’ requests for better traffic management to the municipality.

Little India Entrepreneurs Association president N. P. Raman said traders want a one-way traffic system to be implemented in Jalan Tengku Kelana.

“A one-way loop will reduce traffic congestion. We want the 350m stretch from the Jalan Tengku Diaudin/Jalan Tengku Kelana junction to the junction of Jalan Taliair turned into a one-way street, so that road users can park in designated bays on both sides of the road,” he said.

Raman said the association’s proposed one-way route would enable those coming from Musaedin Bridge to turn left, while motorists from Jalan Tengku Diaudin can turn right into Jalan Tengku Kelana or go left onto Jalan Musaedin.

“Motorists coming from the Simpang Lima roundabout would have to turn into Jalan Taliair and enter Jalan Tengku Diaudin via Jalan Mohet, before turning right into the 350m stretch of Jalan Tengku Kelana,” he added.

Raman said, in August 2017, the association submitted a memorandum to MPK, requesting for parking bays to be created on both sides of the road.

Currently, motorists are not allowed to park their cars on both sides of the road, but they continue to do so, resulting in the council’s need to tow vehicles away.

“We need to redesign Jalan Tengku Kelana to provide wide walkways and overcome the haphazard parking along this main thoroughfare in Little India as it is a nagging problem,” he said.

An average of 50 cars a month are towed away. In addition to MPK’s action, the police also issue summonses.

Raman also suggested that LED street lighting should be installed along the main road and back lanes to create a livelier business enclave, in the late evenings.