THE carpark at Menara PT80 in Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur that was closed during the movement control order (MCO) to shelter the homeless is now reopen to public.
To encourage motorists to park here, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is now offering free parking until July 5 as well as introducing the cashless transaction system.
However, such efforts have not been successful as haphazard parking still persists in the area.
A check by StarMetro found many private vehicles parked illegally on the lay-bys along Jalan Masjid India that were designated for passenger pick-up and drop-off, as well as for loading and unloading activities.
Motorists continue to park their vehicles in any space that fits and did not obstruct traffic.
Transporter Mohd Solehi Sazli, 32, who was unloading goods from Kota Baru, Kelantan for a clothing store on Jalan Masjid India, said it was his lucky day as he managed to squeeze his lorry in a lay-by close to the shop.
“The lay-bys are being misused and not helping people like us much.
“Many cars are always parked along the lay-bys.
“I often had to park further away or sometimes on the main road (Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman) and use a trolley to cart the goods to the shop, which is very troublesome, ” he said.
Tilak’s Silk Saree House manager Palaniandi Veerapan, 63, whose shop is located in Jalan Bunus 6 that fronts a row of council parking bays, said DBKL must find a way to ensure the available bays were only utilised by visitors.
“DBKL has removed the parking machine so the parking is free but visitors are not benefiting because most of the parking bays are taken up by food trucks and vans.
“Food truck operators use these lots to park their vehicles when not in use, even before MCO.
“The private vans belong to a few residents who live nearby providing transport services, ” he said.
He added that besides depriving visitors of parking space, the big vehicles blocked the view of shops.
Freelance make-up artist D. Indu, 41, from Puchong, always parks at the carpark to avoid getting fined or her car towed away.
“I would rather pay and park properly than worry about my car.
“I have never had a problem getting a parking space in the Masjid India area because options are aplenty.
“On busy days, I may take more time to find one, but I will find a spot, ” she said.
A DBKL spokesperson advised food truck operators and residents who hog parking bays along Jalan Bunus 6 to look for an alternative.
He said after removing the parking machines, DBKL would be removing the parking bays too.
“One option is to park in Menara PT80 which is open all day for a fee, ” he said.
The monthly collection for the carpark was estimated between RM15,000 and RM21,000.
Fee is RM3 for the first hour and RM1 for every consecutive hour, with a maximum daily rate of RM15.
Menara PT80 has 331 parking bays — 256 for cars and 41 for motorcycles.
The carpark is located between level two and seven, out of its 15 storeys.
The centre also has a food court and office units.
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