More eco-friendly measures considered, DBKL mulling closing Jalan TAR to traffic every Sunday

Jerrica · Aug 15, 2022 06:09 PM

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The Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) is considering closing the popular Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, better known as Jalan TAR, to motor vehicle traffic every Sunday from 6 am to midnight. If approved, the plan will be implemented starting from 28-September-2022.

The road closure will span from Sogo KL shopping centre at the Jalan Esfahan junction towards Panggung Bandaraya in Jalan Tun Perak.

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DBKL already has various plans to fill up the space once it is closed to traffic. The proposed activities include live performances such as busking, art exhibitions, and sports events.

People around the area mostly welcomed the plan. However, they believe that the plan needs fine-tuning to ensure minimal disruption to the businesses and customers around the area.

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Textile shop worker Hartina Lanivi welcomes the plan, however, she is worried about allowing buskers to perform along the two-lane road. As it is, many premises have sound systems blasting music, she worries that adding buskers will only add more noise pollution.

Another business owner, Hizwan Abd Rahim, hopes that DBKL will space out the planned programmes along the road so it wouldn’t affect the pedestrian walkways.

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Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaludding Alias further revealed that the council is also studying proposals to do the same at the stretch between Jalan Pudu and Jalan Bukit Bintang.

The move to close Jalan TAR to the public is part of the council’s plans to encourage pedestrians to walk more and depend less on cars. It is also part of the government’s plan to discourage the use of motor vehicles in the capital city, including reducing parking space in the city. 

Also read: 2-hour parking limit implementation on Jalan USJ 10 and more postponed until further notice

Jerrica

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