THE Tourism Ministry will look into the grouses of the Brickfields Business Community (BBC) on the contra-flow system which is affecting traders in Little India Brickfileds.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said she will speak to the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin on the issue.
"The BBC will have to write a letter to give me a reason why the contra-flow lane is causing problems for the business community," she said after officiating the Fabulous Food 1Malaysia (FF1M) in Little India.
BBC president V. Subramaniam said the business community wants the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry to revert Jalan Tun Sambanthan to a one-way street.
He said the business community has been losing millions since the contra-flow was introduced in Oct 27.
"The contra-flow lane is causing problems for the business people here. The traffic flow is not smooth and there has been a number of accidents in the span of two weeks. We hope Dr Ng will speak to Raja Nong Chik on behalf of the business community," he said.
City Hall had said the new contra-flow bus and taxi lane introduced in Brickfields is on a trial basis till February.
Under the system, only buses and taxis are allowed to use the dedicated lane from the city centre to Jalan Tun Sambanthan and the fountain intersection before exiting at either the end of Jalan Tun Sambanthan heading towards Taman Seputeh or turning to Jalan Travers towards Bangsar, from 6am to 8pm daily.
With the implementation of the dedicated-lane system, buses will not be allowed to turn into Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad.
Meanwhile, Dr Ng said she was confident Little India would contribute greatly to the tourism trade as many tourists, particularly from India and Europe, visit the area.
She said tourists and locals enjoy the many restaurants and food stalls offering traditional fare such as banana leaf rice, briyani, thosai and other south Indian dishes.
The FF1M ends at the end of the month. Five restaurants, 35 food stalls and 25 temporary stalls are participating in the festival.