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KK traffic: Architects offer solution

3rd May, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Good city planning and management are needed in order to reduce the number of cars on the road as we gear towards creating liveable and sustainable cities, said Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Sabah Chapter.

Its chairman Victor Wong said the traffic jam in the State Capital is worsening even though the Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 final draft is ready and the second public consultation of the plan will be held in City Hall from May 8 to 22.

He believed that the traffic snarls could be resolved if the development of residence, offices and commercial shops are clustered together within a short radius to enable the public transport to be brought in and eliminate the needs for the citizens to buy cars unnecessarily.

“What is happening now in our cities is the lack of integration in the implementation of the different developments and in bringing a public transport system to serve the needs of the clusters,” said Victor at the launching of IPEX 2014 at the Sabah Trade Centre here yesterday.

The event was officiated by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah. Victor also urged the authorities to discourage and review city planning that is based on car ownership. “Instead, the city planning should provide an alternative choice for its citizens to choose their mode of transportation such as by foot, bicycles or an organised public transport system,” he said.

“We must consider the options to resolve our current woes economically, through good city planning and management while waiting for the monorail to materialise which need an enormous amount of financial resources,” advised Victor.

He also suggested to the authorities to encourage mixed development in terms of housing, commercial, sports & recreational, education and industrial over a single project so that a private transport network system can be established.

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