GOOD IMAGE: Clean areas will be a model for other areas to emulate, says mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib
KUALA LUMPUR: CITY Hall will be collaborating with Alam Flora Sdn Bhd and the Solid Waste and Public Cleaning Corporation for a comprehensive plan to improve cleanliness in the city centre.
Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said the three areas identified for the clean-up are Bukit Bintang, Petaling Street (towards the Klang bus stand) and Chow Kit.
"We are preparing a blueprint to improve the standard operating procedures (SOP) by working closely with Alam Flora (in charge of operations) and the Corporation (for enforcement). We will be monitoring the overall operation.
"Once cleaned up, we hope these places will be a model to other areas in the city," said Phesal.
He said this after a recent walkabout to distribute 76 Jalur Gemilang to businesses in Jalan Bukit Bintang.
He said the walkabout was also to inspect the pedestrian walkways there.
"We are planning to upgrade the pedestrian walk network, specifically in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Sultan Ismail, by replacing 20 trees infested with termites with more resilient trees, for example.
"We are also looking at providing new benches and more covered walkways to encourage people to walk more. A Singapore study said most people walked less than 200m in the outdoors because of our hot climate.
"We will also ask building owners to remove obstructions in front of their premises, and determine the borders of road reserves," he said, adding that the upgrading will be integrated with the ongoing Kajang-Sungai Buloh My Rapid Transit project.