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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Plan gets the thumbs-up

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur residents were generally happy to hear of the proposed LRT lines that will run through their neighbourhood.

Residents living in Bukit OUG condominium and Bukit OUG Townhouse in Jalan Kelang Lama were delighted that there would a station close by their neighbourhood since buses do not ply there.

Student Carol Lee, who lives in Bukit OUG, said she was happy to hear the news as she often had to rely on friends to drop her off at the main road.

“Once I am at the main road, I have to get a taxi to go to KL. This (LRT lines) is definitely good news,’’ she said.

Kinrara resident A. Siva said life would be easier for his family.

“My wife takes the bus to work every day. With the LRT, it will be easier for her,’’ he said.

But not everyone is rejoicing. The residents of Taman Esplanad in Bukit Jalil are unhappy with the proposed Ampang line that is running paralel to their homes.

Esplanad Residents Association vice-chairman Jason Lim said the proposed lines were too close to their houses and that residents were worried about the noise, dust and vibrations that would affect the quality of their lives,’’ Lim said.

According to Lim, the LRT alignments is located a mere 15 metres from houses in Jalan 19/155B and he considered it too close.

“We had meetings with people from Prasarana about this and had suggested that they move the lines closer to the Kesas Highway which is 97 metres away from the houses,’’ he said.

The residents had organised two peaceful protests early in the year when they heard about the project.

The proposed lines were highlighted in the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan (DKLCP2020) and residents had already made their objections to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

But what irked them most was that contractors had already started carrying out soil investigations at the site months before the plan was mooted. “This shows that they are not sincere about hearing us out and everything was just a show,’’ he said.

When contacted Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said she wecomed the new lines as it would reduce congestion in the area.

Teresa, who is also Kinrara assemblyman, said Prasarana had tried their best to come up with an alignment that suited everyone. “They did their best considering the limitations they had to work on,’’ she said.

On Monday, transport company Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd group managing director Datuk Idrose Mohamed said the proposed extension were the most cost effective and well-thought out alignments that would serve the needs of the community.

Idrose said the company had to balance the needs of the majority residents in a particular area.

The Ampang LRT extension would cover 17.7km, and start from the Sri Petaling Station, passing through areas like Bukit OUG, the Bukit Jalil Golf and Country Club, and into Puchong, IOI Mall and Tesco before ending at Putra Heights. It will have 13 new stations.

The Kelana Jaya LRT extension starts from the Kelana Jaya station, passing through Subang Jaya and USJ, Carrefour Subang, Subang Ria Recreational Park, SS14, USJ2, USJ8, USJ19 and Hicom Induatrial Estate.It covers 17km with 13 stations.

The line will also have five stations with park-and-ride facilities.

The stations will be equipped with lifts, escalators, public telephones, surau, and toilets.

It will also be disabled-friendly with ramps, lifts, low ticket counters and special toilets.

The 35km of lines, which are estimated to cost RM7bil, will be elevated and are expected to be ready by 2012.

Petaling Jaya

Many people in the Klang Valley feel that the proposed LRT extension lines was long overdue.

Good news: Husaini says that the LRT extension into Lembah Subang would make it easier for people to get to Kuala Lumpur.

Lembah Subang resident Husaini Tumiran, 39, who stays near the LRT depot said his family had been waiting for the extension of the LRT lines.

Husaini was among the people who showed up at the Menara MBPJ in Jalan Tengah to view the details of the plan that was put on display for public comments and suggestions.

“I work near my house so it doesn’t make much of a difference for me but it will definitely make it so much easier for us to go to Kuala Lumpur.

“We usually have to take a bus to the Kelana Jaya LRT station and that alone takes us at least a half hour,” said Husaini.

He was also hoping that having an LRT station in the area would ease the traffic congestion in the morning.

“The traffic is bad during peak hours near the tunnels (referring to the FAS and Taman Megah Mas tunnels) heading to Petaling Jaya,” said Husaini.

Chew Ah Peck, who stays in USJ 15, and works in Section 52 in Petaling Jaya, usually drives to work.

“I sometimes leave my house at 6am just to avoid the jam. I will definitely take the LRT because I will be saving on parking and petrol,” said Chew.

Chew said there should be a multi-level parking at every station to encourage more people to use the LRT.

Chew’s colleague Chloe Peh, who stays in USJ 16, said the jam along Jalan Kewajipan was very bad in the mornings and she would rather take the LRT if there was a station near her house.

However, Chew commented that the efficiency of the LRT services could be improved.

“I used to take the LRT and there would be service disruption about once a month.

“When the train breaks down in the morning, commuters get stranded and the area becomes chaotic as people try to get a bus or taxi to work,” said Chew.

She also commented that the extension lines would not through some high density areas like Bandar Sunway, which would help alleviate the congestion.

Subang Jaya

Puchong MCA division chairman Wong Hock Aun and secretary Liew Yew Fook were among the eager residents to view the plan for the LRT extension at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) in USJ 5.

Our views: Wong (right) and Liew writing down their comments on the logbooks.

Wong commented that the extension should be completed as soon as possible to benefit the people.

However, he felt that in addition to the 10 stations in Puchong, there should be stops in Taman Kinrara Section 3 and Batu 14 to cater for the residents there.

He added that the stations, especially those along the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), should be carefully planned to avoid causing traffic congestion.

“The park-and-ride station at IOI Mall, which is now tentatively located in front of the mall, should be relocated to the area behind the mall since there is space,” he said.

The feeder bus service, too, must be well implemented to encourage the people to use the LRT and cut down on the use of cars.

MPSJ councillor Robert Tan, who pointed out that the line does not go into Bandar Sunway, suggested that Prasarana extend the line, or add a loop, in the high-density area.

“The main objective of having the LRT is to serve the public and relieve traffic congestion. If there is a stop at Bandar Sunway, shoppers do not need to drive to Sunway Pyramid,” he said.

USJ 11 resident Lily Chang welcomes the extension plan as an alternative to the KTM, which she used to get into the city centre.

“The KTM is always late and there is only one station in Subang Jaya, which is near Carrefour. Hopefully with the LRT stations in USJ, the jam would be reduced and probably the pollution, too,” the 42-year-old real estate agent said.

According to the Prasarana officers on duty, there would be two officers on hand daily to assist the public to understand the plans.

Logbooks and a computer are available for the public to convey their suggestions, enquiries or complaints to Prasarana.

By The Star (by

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