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Thursday, 12 October 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Few takers for multilevel parking in Brickfields

THE two multi-storey carparks, built to help ease traffic congestion and lack of parking space in Brickfields, are not attracting motorists to use the facilities.

The Tun Sambanthan Complex and Kompleks TLK Brickfields, located less than 2km from each other, offer 451 parking bays in total.

With Deepavali days away, main roads such as Jalan Tun Sambanthan and Jalan Thambipillay and inner roads like Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad and Lorong Chan Ah Tong are choked with traffic.

The parking facilities at TLK (Tempat Letak Kereta) Brickfields Jalan Thambipillay has been open for one month, but people are not using it.

At Kompleks TLK Brickfields in Jalan Tun Sambanthan 6, the parking bays were half empty at noon and 6pm in the evening when StarMetro was there on Monday and Tuesday. The charges are RM3 for the first hour and RM1 for each subsequent hour.

At the Tun Sambanthan Complex where parking is currently free, the bays were unoccupied.

However, just a stone’s throw away, the Little India shopping area was in gridlock.

The Tun Sambanthan Complex is half empty.
The Tun Sambanthan Complex is half empty.

During lunchtime, cars were seen parked by the side of the road. Some vehicles had the driver waiting behind the wheel while their passengers did some quick shopping. Others simply double-parked their cars.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Lembah Pantai branch manager Khairul Azmir Ahmad and several enforcement officers, in an enforcement exercise, approached a few people waiting inside their cars to tell them that free parking was available at the Tun Sambanthan Complex. Most said they did not know about it.

“We get responses like lima minit je tuan, (Sorry it’s only for five minutes, sir) or tak tahulah (we did not know),” said Khairul Azmir.

“Some even feel that because Deepavali is once a year, we should look the other way and let them park, but if everyone double-parks even for five minutes, it will create a traffic crawl for at least 30 minutes.

“People should be considerate of others as no one wants to be stuck in traffic,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s Lembah Pantai branch manager Khairul Azmir Ahmad showing the parking sign at Tun Sambanthan Complex.

Many people approached by StarMetro claimed they were not aware that covered parking was available nearby.

“I am only here for a few minutes. We came to buy spices,” said one motorist.

Another person who doubled-parked, quickly moved his car when he saw DBKL enforcement officers approaching.

Tun Sambanthan Complex was opened earlier this year while Kompleks TLK Brickfields opened last month. Both facilities were built at a cost of RM16mil and RM24mil, respectively.