By EDWARD R. HENRY
Photos by ROHAIZAT MD DARUS
RESIDENTS living behind Paradigm Mall in SS7, Kelana Jaya, fear that thousands of shoppers will throng the area and cause traffic congestion when the mall opens tomorrow.
They feel the start of the two-week school holidays this weekend will bring more traffic into the area, choking up entry and exit points into the neighbourhood via Jalan SS7/26A and Jalan Bahagia.
SS7 Voices of Residents chairman Dr S. Vignes said about 100 residents from Kelana Puteri, Kelana Putra, Kelana Square, Taman Kelana Indah, Zenith Commercial/Condo unitsMahkota, Sterling condominiums and Shang Villa had a dialogue session on Sunday evening with Paradigm project manager Kuek Yong Huei from Jelas Puri Sdn Bhd to ensure smooth traffic flow.
“We do not want to be caught in traffic snarls as we enter and exit our neighbourhoods. Residents must not be put in difficult situations where we are stuck on the road because shoppers are coming from the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) to enter Jalan SS7/26A,” he said.
All laid out: Kuek showing the layout for traffic movement in the area.
The Paradigm development, which consists of a shopping centre, is located along the LDP in Kelana Jaya, just opposite the Giant hypermarket.
Residents foresee a bottleneck at the exit just outside Giant hypermarket.
This is due to traffic from the tunnel and Shell petrol station merging into a one-lane service road that is dedicated to cars from the LDP turning into the hypermarket and SS6 area.
Dr Vignes added that the underpass, built to ease traffic flow was only 3.3m wide and not 6m as required by highway authorities.
Site visit: WCT Land Sdn Bhd general manager (complex) Ben Chong (left) and a staff member checking on traffic movement. This picture shows the tunnel access in front of Kelana Condo in Jalan Bahagia.
“Residents are worried that if an accident or even if a car stalls in the tunnel, it would block access in or out of the underpass. In case of an emergency, it would be difficult for a fire engine or ambulance to go through,” he said.
Kuek, who met the residents said he had assured them of smooth traffic flow.
“We have not changed the traffic flow into the existing Jalan SS7/26A. But we have made it into two lanes into the area and another two lanes when exiting on the same road. So, it helps to disperse traffic in a smooth manner,” he said.
He added that for the next few weeks Jelas Puri would have Rela members stationed in the area to direct traffic.
“For better traffic dispersal, we have created an underpass that links motorists to Jalan Bahagia where the exit runs parallel to the Customs quarters. Motorists enter the mall via the underpass near the Kelana Condo that is on Jalan Bahagia,” he said.
Kuek said Jelas Puri was also working on a deal to acquire land that runs parallel with the Giant hypermarket along the LDP to build an additional road to ensure a smoother drive for those exiting the mall.
“We are in talks to acquire the 420sq m land and hope our plans materialise in three to six months’ time,” he said.
Kuek also said the residents hadbeen briefed on all the measures.
“Two weeks after the opening of the mall, we will meet the residents to obtain feedback for further improvement in traffic movement around the mall area if needed,” he said.