New buildings will not have parking lots
KUALA LUMPUR (May 18): Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is planning to erect buildings without parking spaces around the capital city once the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Klang Valley mass rapid transit (MRT) Line 2 is completed and operational, said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.
He said the measure was to reduce traffic congestion and encourage more people to use public transportation services around the city.
“When the MRT project is completed and operational, it will not be necessary to have many parking bays because an increasing number of people will be using public transportation, including the light rail transit (LRT) and public buses,” he told reporters after attending DBKL Labour Day celebration here yesterday.
On the possibility of MRT and LRT stations experiencing parking space shortage following this measure by DBKL, Mhd Amin Nordin said: “It is up to Prasarana (Prasarana Malaysia Bhd) or the Land Public Transport Commission to decide.”
On Tuesday, an English daily quoted Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as saying that the policy of not have parking spaces in buildings has become a trend in several developing cities and Kuala Lumpur should emulate such a move.
According to Tengku Adnan, as rapid urbanisation has changed the pattern and intensity of land use in the city, project developers too must adapt to commercial property development style in making full use of available space.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mhd Amin Nordin said thanks to the hard work of the 9,500 DBKL staff, in the past 10 years, the local authority charged with the administration of Kuala Lumpur city had managed to collect RM2 billion in revenue.
At the event, Mhd Amin Nordin also presented long service, outstanding employee and union leader awards to seven DBKL officers and staff.
This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on May 18, 2017.