Closure of Jalan TAR: Final decision before March 15

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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 19): Whatever decision that is taken on the planned partial closure of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) here will be made known before March 15, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.

He said the decision will be based on feedback from the stakeholders, especially hawkers and traders operating from Jalan Esfahan to Jalan Melayu, the stretch that will be affected by the closure.

“We are still in discussions to arrive at a win-win situation. Nevertheless, we will make known the outcome at the latest a week before March 15 (when the partial closure is to be implemented),” he told reporters after making a walkabout and meeting traders in the area, today.

Khalid said many things had to be considered before arriving at a decision due to the changes taking place and the fact that many of the traders had been operating there for decades.

He also said that public feedback, via an online survey by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, would also be taken into consideration before arriving at a decision (on the closure).

“We have received all kinds of feedback, among them closing the stretch to traffic for certain hours or on specific days only.

“However, priority will be given to feedback from the traders and hawkers because they have been there for a long time,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur  Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said 2,400 respondents had taken part in the online survey so far.

“Overall, it is a 50-50 situation from the public whether to close or not,” he said.