Monday, September 26, 2011

Wrecked car affecting traffic towed

Lim hired a tow truck to tow the wrecked car to a City Hall parking area near the Segambut commuter station. (Photo by Sin Chew Daily)
Source: (2011/09/23, By Veena Babulal)
KUALA LUMPUR: City Hall's delay in the removal of an abandoned car in Jalan Segambut has irked Segambut folk. Motorists using the road which is an artery to the city, Jalan Duta, Jalan Ipoh and Mont Kiara want to know why City Hall did not remove the abandoned car on its flyover near the Segambut commuter station.
The car believed to be involved in an accident on Sept 10 had been there for five days before Segambut member of parliament Lim Lip Eng hired a tow truck to remove the vehicle. The car was then pulled to a City Hall parking area near the commuter station. Lim resorted to taking matters into his own hands on Sept 15 after complaints lodged with City Hall by himself and residents on Monday (two days after the car was first spotted) were not addressed.
Mohd Ishak Sidin, 40, said the abandoned car had caused the jam in Jalan Segambut to worsen. "It used to take us two hours to ply the Jalan Segambut during rush hour in the evenings. But the abandoned car increased the journey two fold. It was especially bad during the evenings, it took me four hours to reach home from the flyover, which is barely 1km away," said the resident of Mandy Villa Apartment at Segambut Bahagia. "The car blocked more than two thirds of the lane of the dual carriageway near the commuter station where traffic flows from the Duta roundabout and Jalan Ipoh towards the city," he said adding that the damaged car and traffic cones took up between 6m and 9m length of the road. "It also caused a backlog of traffic to Jalan Kuching and Jalan Duta as the road ahead after the flyover at the Segambut KTM commuter station narrows into a single carriageway."
Khairuddin Karim, 55, also said that he could not understand why the police who conducted road blocks near the bridge could not tow the vehicle or inform City Hall about it.
City Hall was unavailable for comment.

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