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Monday, February 4, 2008

Rising population puts stress on infrastructure

INFRASTRUCTURE around the KLCC area has seen much improvement over the years with better road accessibility and public transport facilities such as the light rail transit and the monorail.

There is an increasing number of people commuting by public transport in the KLCC area.

However, many have voiced concern that the infrastructure is still inadequate.

Real estate consultants are urging the Government to improve the infrastructure and amenities to meet the rising population and workers in the area.

“The number of new property projects in the KLCC vicinity in the next few years will overwhelm the road and public transportation infrastructure in the KLCC and its immediate environs,” Reapfield Properties Sdn Bhd president David Ong told StarBiz.

He said Kuala Lumpur's commercial hub was struggling under the overwhelming number of vehicles, including passenger cars, taxis and buses.

Stretches that are currently facing major congestions include Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng and Jalan Ampang, which serve as the major link roads in the KLCC enclave.

The current LRT line that serves the locality is facing significant stress during peak hours, with commuters having to bear with long queues and cramped trains on a daily basis, he said.

Henry Butcher Malaysia Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Tang Chee Meng said the increase in residential units would lead to traffic congestion especially in bottleneck areas such as Jalan Pinang, Jalan Perak and Lorong P. Ramlee.

PPC International Sdn Bhd executive director Thiruselvam Arumugam said: “In the long term, the current infrastructure would not be able to sustain and accommodate the increase in the number of high-end condominiums, office buildings and retail spaces.”

By The Star - StarBiz

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