Water taxis in PJ by 2015
Writer: Alvin Yap
Published: Fri, 03 Feb 2012
PETALING JAYA: Water taxis along rivers in the city are among proposals mooted under the Petaling Jaya Special Area Draft Plan 2020 to reduce traffic snarls and pollution.
Under the plan, boats and hovercrafts will ferry passengers from jetties built along Sungai Damansara, Sungai Kayu Ara, Sungai Penchala, Sungai Tambul and Sungai Payong.
MBPJ Mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman (second from left) state executive councillor Iskandar Samad, MBPJ Deputy Mayor Puasa Mohd Taib (right) and other officers at the launch of the Special Area Draft Plan (RKK) 2020.
If the proposal by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is accepted, RM5million will be spent in two phases until 2020 to facilitate the move.
The allocation includes constructing water locks to keep the water level constant at certain parts of the rivers.
The concession will likely be given to the private sector, according to the draft plan.
MBPJ also proposes to build bicycle lanes linking neighbourhoods to schools and public transportation hubs such as Light Rail Transit stations.
The proposal will cost RM5 million and will include bicycle parking lots to cater to upsurge in riders.
MBPJ plans to spend RM30 million to convert road and street shoulders in the city into pedestrian walkways.
The money will also be used to build more speed breakers to slow traffic in order to make Petaling Jaya more pedestrian-friendly.
The draft is a short-term development plan to build roads, highways and public amenities.
It was launched at Royale Bintang Hotel on Monday by MBPJ Mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman and state executive councillor Iskandar Samad.
Roslan said the draft local plans are aimed at creating a better living environment in the city, adding that the people should engage MBPJ on the plans during forums.
“All constructive suggestions and objections would be considered. MBPJ’s ultimate goal is to engage all the residents to build a better city,” he said.
Iskandar directed MBPJ to display the draft plan at all places of worship.
“Places of worship are an excellent focal point to encourage participation of local residents,” he said.
He added hat MBPJ must enlist the assistance of mosques, churches and temples to have the plans displayed at their premises.
The plans can be viewed at MBPJ’s headquarters at New Town until Feb 28, and residents have until Feb 29 to object to the proposals.
“Once MBPJ’s planning department has examined the feedback, a public hearing will be held,” he said.
The feedback will be presented to the state planning committee before it is gazetted.
Residents can get the plan at MBPJ’s Planning Department, 2nd Floor Jalan Yong Shook Lin or call 03-7956 3544 ext 353/ 411 (Faiwos Abdul Hamid or Nurli Darni Musleh).