FT minister to meet traders on turning Jalan TAR into pedestrian mall

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, from Jalan Esfahan to Jalan Melayu, will be closed to all private vehicles, except public and tour buses.

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad is expected to meet traders along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR) next week on the government’s plans to close the road off to private vehicles, the city mayor said.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the FT minister would participate in the meeting to get feedback from the traders.

“We will take into account the opinion of all. Whatever the final decision, we are waiting for the meeting with the Federal Territories minister and also with the relevant MPs,” he said when commenting on traders who disagreed with the decision.

He said this when met after the official launch of the elevated link bridge connecting Jalan Klang Lama to the New Pantai Expressway (OKR-NPE Link Bridge).

According to Hisham, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had yesterday received a memorandum from traders who were dissatisfied over the decision made.

He said a meeting with the traders was earlier conducted before the decision was made but it was not attended by all.

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

However, he said, besides traders, the government also took into account public opinion through an online survey since Feb 11 on its proposal to close a stretch of Jalan TAR.

The survey found 65% of the nearly 4,000 people, including traders and members of the public, agreed with the proposal.

On Tuesday, Khalid announced that Jalan TAR, from Jalan Esfahan near Sogo to Jalan Melayu, would be closed to all private vehicles, except public and tour buses.

It aims to make the 1km stretch, which is well-known as a shopping destination, a pedestrian mall.

The construction of the OKR-NPE Link Bridge, which commenced in 2015, was implemented by MRCB Seputeh Land Sdn Bhd.

The opening of the road has reduced traffic congestion at Jalan Klang Lama and around Seputeh.

The OKR-NPE Link Bridge is also an alternative road from Jalan Klang Lama to Subang, Klang, Petaling Jaya and Bangsar.