Malaysia: green township in Petaling Jaya highly anticipated

PETALING JAYA: Residents here are looking forward to the multi-billion ringgit green township planned for Section 52.

They hope that a safe environment for children to play, among others, would be a feature of the PJ Sentral Garden City project which was announced as part of the National Key Economic Areas of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) last Friday.

Regional human resource manager Jagdeep Singh, 35, said he welcomed the redevelopment of Section 52 and hoped that the needs of children would be given more emphasis.

“At present, there are not enough facilities that caters to children’s needs such as indoor and outdoor playgrounds,” he said.

He gave examples of places like the Kuala Lumpur City Centre park where children can play in a safe and conductive environment.

“Children between two and four years old are very active and they need space to play and PJ lacks that. I hope this will change when the new area is developed,” said Jagdeep.

The PJ Sentral Garden City is the biggest investment among 11 projects with a cumulative investment of RM6.7 billion announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Private firm Nusa Gapurna Sdn Bhd will invest RM5.23 billion to regenerate and revitalise the Section 52 area into the PJ Sentral Garden City.

The long-term green project, which covers 16ha, is estimated to have a gross development value of RM11 billion.

It is envisioned to become a new central business district of Selangor and will feature green buildings and a 4.8ha public park. The project may include an indoor ski resort if it is cost effective and features parking lots that can accommodate and enable electric cars.

Former national football player Azlan Johar, who used to live in PJ and still frequents the place, hoped that the prices of goods would not increase once the project is completed.

“I come here often as some of the things here are cheaper than in other neighbourhoods. If the place is developed, the prices of things may go up. If that happens, the charm of this place will be lost,” he said.

Housewife Hamiza Jonit said that she was happy with the upcoming development.

“However, I hope that there will be less traffic congestion and more parking space provided. This will only happen if there is a strategic development,” said the 45-year-old who has been living in PJ for the past 16 years.

Another resident, who wished to be known as Ah Tan, said he was excited over the project.

“The authorities, however, need to improve the road conditions around the area to support the increasing traffic in PJ. Development is good but the roads have to be able to support it,” he said.

Credit controller Anne Shanty Theivendran, 47, said she hoped the developer would also take into consideration the needs of youths.

“There should have affordable facilities for sports and recreational activities for them. They can utilise these facilities, instead of loitering aimlessly,” she said.

PJ Newtown Business Owners’ Association chairman Rajesh Mansukhlar said the developer is very receptive to the association’s ideas.

“The development of PJ Sentral Garden City will definitely restore the area’s glory,” said Rajesh.

He said the development will also provide better food and beverage options for over 30,000 people living around the PJ area.

Rajesh urged the authorities to come up with a plan to reduce the traffic congestion along the Old Klang Road and the Federal Highway.

He suggested the area be provided with adequate public transport services such as the MRT as well as the LRT and shuttle services.

Section 6 Rukun Tetangga deputy chairman K. Chandrashekran said, “I am happy to see that PJ will be coming a vibrant hub in the next few years and I hope that the developers will include more parking facilities in the plan.”

He echoed Rajesh’s suggestion on improving the public transport to curb the increasing traffic congestion in PJ New Town.

Source: New Straits Times

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