by Meena L. Ramadas

The Sun Daily

CONSISTENCY is vital for the successful implementation of the Little India development project in Brickfields, which is slated for completion by year end.

MP for Pantai Dalam Nurul Izzah Anwar said on Saturday the Little India development project’s success hinges on the proper execution of the plans.

“The Little India project must be fully completed as planned in the displayed blueprint so as to not be another failed project by the government,” she said at a press conference.

The ambitious RM35 million project, which is set to transform the bustling Brickfields area, involves the construction of designated buildings and lots for the hawkers to conduct their businesses, a multi-storey car park near the KL City Hall sports complex, and the widening of major roads.

Nurul Izzah pointed out that Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin’s decision on Friday to allow the 17 hawkers on Jalan Thamby Abdullah to stay put instead of relocating to Chan Ah Tong field as provided for in the blueprint creates complications.

“According to the plan, an information centre was to be placed at the site where the hawkers are situated now, “But, now that the Minister had said the hawkers can stay there, where is the information counter going to be?” she said.

The MP also said the development project must also ensure that buildings and public facilities built are disabled-friendly.

Meanwhile, the 17 hawkers on Jalan Thamby Abdullah are expected to receive their business licences from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) by the end of this week.

One of the hawkers, Asah Ibrahim, 54, said: “This place should be upgraded instead of shifting us to the field.”

Meanwhile, the three-month impasse over the proposed traffic dispersal system is finally over after the government agreed last Friday to turn Jalan Tun Sambanthan into a one-way street while Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad would remain open to two-way traffic.