BRINCHANG: Residents of Brinchang are not happy with plans for a one-way traffic system to be implemented in the area to ease congestion during the school holidays.
Regional Environment Awareness Cameron Highlands (REACH) president Ramakrishnan Ramasamy described the plan, which will start at the end of the month, as idiotic.
He stated even though the intention is good, the authorities could do a better job at solving the problem, which is to provide for more parking spaces.
“The system will not work as the local council has been approving licenses for business premises and stalls, which will occupy vacant spaces by the roadsides.
“These are causing nuisance to commuters and motorists, especially the locals, with the congested roads.
“The congestion problem in Brinchang is also due to the bottleneck at Kea Farm where roadside stalls have been causing traffic chaos,” he told the New Straits Times.
Ramasamy added that the coming school holiday is only a week long, hence it made little sense for a month-long trial of the one-way traffic plan to be put in place as it would make driving in and out of Brinchang troublesome.
He also pointed out that it is unfair for the locals when heavy movement of vehicles is directed through residential areas.
“This is also a question of survival and livelihood for some of the local community as the traffic redirection would impact their businesses.
“Furthermore, it could hamper the movement of emergency services such as ambulance and fire trucks.
“We should keep the traffic flowing in case there is an emergency when rescue personnel need to get in,” he said.