No more open car parks in KL in 20 years


KUALA LUMPUR: There will no more open car parks in the federal capital in 20 years as the city will be transformed into a green area with micro-housing and pocket parks or urban jungles.

Azmizam Abdul Rashid, director of Knowledge Management and Advisory Services at the Urban Wellbeing Centre of Excellence (Urbanice) Malaysia, said with the green innovation plan, 30% of the city would be green areas.

“In an effort to realise this vision, we will impose high parking charges in a move to encourage city folks to use public transportation.”

He said the population in Kuala Lumpur was expected to increase by about 70% by then.

Azmizam was speaking after attending a discourse on “Green Infrastructure Transformation in Kuala Lumpur through Urban and Innovative Solutions” in conjunction with the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9) here today.

Azmizam said development of micro-housing at these car parks was an alternative solution to the problem of urban housing.

He hoped the model houses that were displayed at Medan Pasar during WUF9 would give the public an idea of the micro-houses so that that they would be more open to the idea.

“However, we are still in the planning stage to build micro houses in parking lots.

“The developers are still identifying the locations, which will probably be in large parking areas.

“We are also working with Kuala Lumpur City Hall on the pocket parks which will include a network of pedestrian walkways in the city,” he said.

Apart from infrastructure development, he said the relevant authorities should also give priority to developing green and blue areas, such as rivers and ponds, in order to make Kuala Lumpur a more sustainable city.