The Star, 14 December 2009 – All should share burden

The Star ,14 December 2009

A FAIR traffic solution to resolve the issues related to Jalan Tanjung must be sought, such that the burden is borne by all the affected parties in a just manner, said Subang MP R. Sivarasa.

“Pending the state government’s decision on acquiring a piece of land and making it a public road, there are many unresolved issues that need to be addressed — like who should pay for the land acquisition and the amount,” he said.

“The focus now is for a long-term solution and other measures to reduce the traffic flow going through Bandar Utama, such as the two measures that were mentioned by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.”

Khalid had announced in a statement last month that, to ensure traffic was not worsened by the temporary measure to re­open the road for two weeks, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had been instructed to reassign the U-turn at the junction of Jalan Tropicana Selatan and Jalan Hilir Bandar Utama, and build a road to link Jalan PJU1A/1 in Ara Damansara to Persiaran Tropicana.

Jalan Tanjung, which links Bandar Utama to Tropicana and its surrounding areas, was closed on Nov 16 by Bandar Utama City Corporation because a piece of land through which the road passes is owned by it.

Khalid had ordered the road to be reopened one-way for 14 days, for motorists heading from Tropicana to Bandar Utama, to ease traffic congestion and to facilitate a traffic study.
Sivarasa said another suggestion was to build a ramp linking Persiaran Surian to the NKVE Expressway, and from the NKVE Expressway to Sprint Highway.

“We can’t deny the reality that Jalan Tanjung is a de facto public road used by many, the bulk of whom are those from Tropicana and Kota Damansara heading to Bandar Utama,” he said.

“But the burden should be shared by others, and not just the Bandar Utama residents. An alternative road to Jalan Tanjung is needed to provide an additional access.”

Sivarasa said he felt it was unnecessary to widen Jalan Tanjung into a four-lane road with two-way traffic flow, as the immediate need was for one-way traffic heading from Tropicana to Bandar Utama.

Sivarasa was speaking during a shopping treat at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, for some 100 children from poor families in his constituency.

About 40 children were from the Paya Jaras state constituency, and the rest came from the Bukit Lanjan and Kota Damansara areas.

In the maiden initiative organised by his parliamentary office, the children were treated to lunch at Burger King and a movie at GSC Cinemas, as well as shopping at Popular bookstore.

“Themed Bringing a Smile to the Child, the project hopes to bring a little cheer to the children as they get ready for the next school year,” Sivarasa said.

“We hope to instil the importance of having proper education, and getting the children to read from young.”

Judging by the positive feedback that he and his volunteers received, Sivarasa said they would continue the project next year.