Salak Selatan folks seek traffic mitigation plan

The residents of Taman Salak Selatan want the developer of a proposed condominium project next to their neighbourhood to come up with a traffic mitigation plan to ease traffic congestion.

The plan is necessary given the fact that a 22-storey condominium and nine double-storey shoplots are planned to be erected next to Jalan Sungai Besi, said residents at a press conference today.

They said the unbridled high-rise developments around Salak Selatan will pose a severe traffic impact to the some 7000 petty traders and residents living in Taman Salak Selatan.

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, during a trip to the proposed condominium site today, said roads and highways around Salak Selatan can no longer accommodate the ever-growing traffic.

“As the artery road for residents in Taman Salak Selatan, Kg Baru Salak Selatan, Taman Naga Emas, Taman Castlefield and Kg Malaysia Raya, the current traffic flow of Jalan Sungai Besi is already congested and cause inconveniences to them,”

She said the ongoing developments at the area include Desa Residensi (130 units) and G Residensce (467 units). Besides, Kuchai Avenue has been completed and is scheduled to house another 612 families.

“Now we have this new project with 643 units, residential density will soar in the coming three years. Quality of life of local folks will definitely be affected,” she said.

The aggrieved residents have until May 24 to assert their rights and veto the proposed project via Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Some 100 signatures have been gauged by Teresa Kok’s service center as of today.

“We hope the developer can come out with a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) report on how the buildings will not sabotage the livelihood of others,” she said.

“Are they going to build another road? This has not been told,” she added.

Resident Kenneth Kong said traffic along the road always comes to a standstill between 7.30am and 10am, and 4.45pm to 8pm.

“If we slow down when exiting to the road, a tailback will soon appear,” he said.

Resident Leong Chor Lok added that small children have also been affected as they need to wake up as early as 5am to go to school to avoid peak hours.

“SJK © Taithung just 2.3km away. But if we start our journey at 7am, it will take half an hour to reach,” he (right) said.

Attempts to reach DBKL’s Urban Planning Department for comment were futile at the time of writing.