There was a meeting earlier today at the MPK among the representative(s) from MPK, JKR, Association of Factories in Telok Gong, Polis, Kampung Teluk Gong, the Councillor for this area, Mr. Nalan, GCD and GCROA. The meeting was chaired by YB Charles Santiago, MP for Klang.
I represented the GCROA while GCD offered up an executive from their Project Department and a senior sales person.
The meeting lasted almost 2 1/2 hours because many angles were explored in trying to deliver relief to the complainants.
The main concern of the complainants is the traffic coming out of Teluk Gong in the evening. The representative from the factories said the queue can stretch all the way back to the popular Yong Tat Seafood restaurant – about 4 kilometers. I believe on the odd occasion that might have happened and some other cause may have exacerbated the crawl.
The representative from Kampung Teluk Gong says he continues to receive complaints and a petition for the removal of the humps had amassed 300 signatories.
Meanwhile the representative from GCD attempted to explain the difficulties that will be encountered if Jalan Damar is extended to P4 now.
The upshot is the following plan, which I categorize as:
The speed hump on the left hand side (looking out from our gate) will be removed but the yellow strips will remain so that traffic going out of Teluk Gong in the evening shall be smoother. I requested for a longer stretch of these strips and a thicker application of the thermoplastic to slow the traffic sufficiently.
A word of caution here. The portion of the right-hand hump that lies on the road going out needs to be removed as well. The danger here is idiot drivers coming into Teluk Gong may attempt to overtake at this point. So be very careful.
The goal of this stage is to remove the right-hand hump and to force a left turn on residents when we exit the main entrance. However, cars from Teluk Gong can still turn into GC.
For this stage to be accomplished, I insisted there needs to be a u-turn not too far away from GC’s exit. MPK is asking GCD to bear the cost of this construction. GCD’s consultant at the meeting said he will need to check the land available for the u-turn as well as land for a green lane so that vehicles can go past on the left cars that are waiting to do the turn.
What happens if the cost to do this is too high and GCD refuses to do so? What will MPK and/or JKR be willing to do? This stage is likely to take months, by which time Stage 3 may have advanced. It also requires GCD to incur costs beyond its boundary so I am not sure how this will sit with the senior management.
This is back to the approved upgrade design plans that involve four lanes and traffic lights. The hiccup now is the mass of buried utilities that belong to third parties, an issue that MPK needs to resolve.
Looks like we need to live with just one hump for some time.