‘Scrap one-way traf­fic as it has failed to ease con­ges­tion’

New Straits Times - - News -

CAMERON HIGH­LANDS: Res­i­dents are de­mand­ing an ex­pla­na­tion on the sta­tus of a muchdis­liked one-way traf­fic sys­tem in Brin­chang.

Re­gional En­vi­ron­ment Aware­ness Cameron High­lands (Reach) pres­i­dent Ra­makr­ish­nan Ra­masamy said the sys­tem, which was be­ing tried out, was sup­posed to have ended last Wed­nes­day.

How­ever, the sys­tem is still in place with­out any no­ti­fi­ca­tion to res­i­dents and mo­torists, what­so­ever, he told the New Straits Times.

“It is high time for the sys­tem to be scrapped as it has not helped to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion. Traf­fic jams con­tinue to paral­yse day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties and (the new sys­tem) has even af­fected nearby towns of Kea Farm and Tanah Rata... in short, the sys­tem has back­fired,” he said, adding that the move has hit the busi­ness com­mu­nity, work­ers and res­i­dents in the town cen­tre.

Ra­makr­ish­nan also dis­puted a re­cent state­ment by Cameron High­lands po­lice chief Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Hasa­did A. Hamid that the max­i­mum de­lay caused by traf­fic jam dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son had been re­duced from 90 to 45 min­utes.

Ra­makr­ish­nan said ve­hi­cles are also trav­el­ling so fast that pedes­tri­ans could not eas­ily cross the road, while many ac­ci­dents had oc­curred since the sys­tem was in­tro­duced.

Ac­tivist Suresh Ku­mar said, in­stead of divert­ing traf­fic, the author­i­ties should have cor­rected the ex­ist­ing prob­lems.

“The lo­cal author­i­ties said in­dis­crim­i­nate park­ing had caused the jam, but it is not the sole rea­son for traf­fic jams. If there is suf­fi­cient park­ing space, the prob­lem can be tack­led,” he said.

The one-way traf­fic was mooted by the Cameron High­lands Dis­trict Coun­cil, po­lice, Land Of­fice and Pub­lic Works De­part­ment.

It was im­ple­mented for a month start­ing March 17 and was then ex­tended for another month, de­spite the ob­jec­tion of res­i­dents.

Last month, more than 40 shops in Brin­chang closed for a day to protest the oneway traf­fic sys­tem.

A sig­na­ture cam­paign was also launched which saw more than 1,300 res­i­dents pe­ti­tion­ing against the one-way traf­fic.

Dis­trict coun­cil pres­i­dent Datuk Zainal Abidin Md Amin and Hasa­did could not be reached for com­ment as at press time.

PIC BY MUHAIZAN YAHYA

The one-way traf­fic sys­tem in Brin­chang in Cameron High­lands has irked res­i­dents.

Ra­makr­ish­nan Ra­masamy

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