Road closure killing our business

BUSINESS operators along Jalan Kenari 11 – at the Jalan Kenari commercial area in Bandar Puchong Jaya – want the road to be reopened, saying business has been badly affected.

The road was closed a year ago to reduce congestion from the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) to the commercial area.

At a press conference to highlight the matter, Zone 14 Residents’ Representative Committee (JPP) chairman Lawrence Chiew suggested that MPSJ consider having Jalan Kenari 11 open for use from 9.30am to 4.30am – similar to banking hours.

“I have observed that the LDP is congested during the evening rush hours, hence the road should be closed before that time.

“Many business owners are affected, some have closed or are thinking of relocating,” he said.

Chiew added that the road closure also posed a safety risk. 

“If they need to get into the police station along Kenari 11, they would need to take a longer route from the LDP via Jalan Kenari 4 to get there,” he explained.

Jaynes Au, who works as a salesman at a home appliance store, said business dropped 40% to 50%, and that half of the sales staff had resigned after the road closure. The store also pays the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) RM350 per month for the designated parking bay.

“Customers find it troublesome to get to our store. Hence, they took their business to other outlets.

“We had eight salesmen, but after the closure, we are now left with just four,” he said.

Roy Chong, who works as a manager for a restaurant along Jalan Kenari 11, said they noticed fewer customers with immediate effect since the road closure, which took place just two months after they began operations.

“People often enter the commercial area via Kenari 11 from the LDP. 

Now, we only have regulars as not many people will turn into this lane as it has became the last lane since the closure,” he said.

Both hoped the council could reopen the road.

Zone 12 JPP chairman Zaulkefli Ahmad agreed with suggestions to have the road opened from 9.30a-4.30pm, but said he also understood that the council closed it for safety reasons.

Puchong Gerakan chairman Jimmy Chew Jyh Gang suggested that a signboard be put up to inform motorists that Jalan Kenari 8 could be used as an alternative to enter the commercial area, as a way to disperse traffic.

Kinrara service centre chief and Puchong MCA secretary Liew Yew Fook criticised the local assemblyman and councillor for not carrying out a survey to get the views from business operators before the road closure.

He also pointed out the lack of enforcement.

“The commercial area is congested because people double or triple park,” he said, adding that he prefer Kenari 11 to be reopened instead of having just a restricted time of usage.

When contacted, George Yap, who is the councillor for the area, said the council had discussed this matter at last month’s infra meeting and were still weighing the different solutions.

“One option was to open Jalan Kenari 7 but it was rejected by LDP concessionaire Lingkaran Trans Kota Sdn Bhd for safety reasons.”

He said after the closure of the road, a traffic impact assessment report was carried out.

“The closure did improve traffic flow along the LDP. We have spoken to business operators and are aware of their concerns. We hope to come up with a balanced solution to address that and also the congestion problem,” he said.

As for the suggestion for the road to be only opened during selected hours, Yap said it may cause confusion. He said he was concerned that motorists might not follow it.