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Police controlling the traffic as people went out for last-minute Hari Raya shopping at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur, on May 23, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

DBKL plans to close Jalan TAR to traffic every Sunday to encourage walking culture

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) plans to close Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, which is better known as Jalan TAR, to traffic every Sunday from September 28.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias said this was to encourage the culture of walking among city folk and that DBKL was conducting engagement sessions with the parties in the affected areas to enable the road closure to be realised.

“We want to close Jalan TAR from the junction of Jalan Esfahan until Jalan Tun Perak from 6am to midnight so as to encourage the culture of walking among the public,” he said during the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Negara today.

Jalaluddin was responding to a query by Senator Datuk Dominic Lau Hoe Chai regarding efforts to upgrade the pedestrian infrastructure in Kuala Lumpur and the culture of ‘willingness to walk’ among city folk.

He said various programmes would be planned for implementation throughout the road closure, including performances by buskers, creative arts performances and traditional sports programmes.

Jalaluddin added that DBKL was also studying plans to do the same from the junction of Jalan Pudu until the Jalan Bukit Bintang intersection.

On the pedestrian infrastructure upgrading project, he said a total of 23 areas had been identified.

“These projects are being planned so that they have a complete network and, once completed, will give a new image or rebranding to the areas involved and can indirectly be used as tourist attractions,” Jalaluddin said.

Replying to a supplementary question by Senator Datuk Seri Zurainah Musa on steps taken by DBKL to ensure the safety of pedestrians, the deputy minister said about 5,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras had been installed throughout Kuala Lumpur City, with 2,062 of them focused on pedestrian walkways, besides 250 enforcement officers conducting patrols from time to time.

“Do not worry, your safety is guaranteed. Encourage the culture of walking,” Jalaluddin said.

— Bernama

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