PROACTIVE:City Hall to look into school PTA’s concerns over car park plan
CITY Hall has given its word that it will look into the request of SJK (T) Vivekananda in Brickfields here to ease traffic congestion on Jalan Thambipillay. This has come about following the recent announcement that a seven-storey parking facility will be built near the school.
Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said he understood the concern of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
"We recently had a meeting with the PTA on the car park planned here. The PTA is concerned that the car park will lead to traffic congestion in the area and will cause inconvenience to parents who come to pick up their children.
"We will look into ensuring that there will be smooth traffic flow in the area," he said during a walkabout in Brickfields yesterday.
Ahmad Phesal also said the proposed parking facility will have a community hall on its rooftop.
"City Hall will build the community hall and it should be ready by early 2014. The community hall is for the residents of Brickfields and they can use it for all their activities," he said.
Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said the Sri Sivan temple in Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad will be relocated to another site in Brickfields.
"The temple currently sits on the site of the proposed car park," he said.
Saravanan also added that those staying at the temple will be offered housing at its low-cost flats.
On the issue of parking touts at Lorong Chan Ah Tong, Saravanan said City Hall will look into the issue.
Saravanan also refuted reports that Jalan Berhala will be closed.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Phesal said the balloting for the Deepavali bazaar lots has always been conducted by the book.
"We make sure the process of awarding the lots are done properly. All candidates will be vetted and they will have to fulfil certain criteria like having a valid trading licence before they are considered for the lots," he said.
"City Hall will look into relocating the Deepavali Bazaar in Jalan Tun Sambanthan to another site. We might consider relocating them to the proposed car-park at Jalan Thambipillay but we will have to discuss the issue first," he said.
On foreigners staying at City Hall's low-cost flats, City Hall deputy director-general Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said the local authority has started checking on the flats around the city.
"To date we have vacated 21 units and another 100 are under watch by our enforcement unit. We are checking the status of the residents at the low-cost flats. If we come across any foreigner staying there, he will be evicted on the spot.
"If we find the tenant sub-letting it to a local, we will give the sub-tenant a month's notice to move out before confiscating the unit," he said.
Amin said that to date the city council has received 113,000 applications for low-cost units in the city.
"Out of the total, 38,000 have been approved. We have no choice but to come down hard on those who are staying illegally and give the houses to those who deserve it."
Amin also said City Hall will give a reward to those who tip off the council about illegals living at the low-cost flats.