THE year has been nothing short of major developments, some which had come as a shock to city folk while some were changes which were welcomed by urbanites. On this last day of the year, we revisit some of the happenings that shaped the year.
Pekeliling Flats demolition
Jan 22, 2014.
The demolition work on the 47-year-old building has already begun and expected to be completed by November next year. A top-down demolition method was used to minimise effects to the surroundings.
MBPJ adopts monthly car-free
campaign, March 30, 2014.
The car-free day was announced as a monthly event on the last Sunday of each month.
Its main objective is to help reduce pollution in the city.
The route for only cyclists and pedestrians covers an almost 2km stretch in New Town Petaling Jaya.
Jalan Yong Shook Lin is the first road to close partially from the Shell petrol station to the nearby Bank Islam. The roads for the car-free day will be closed from 6am to 3pm.
Jalan Imbi road cave-in, July 2, 2014.
Part of the road where a four-lane underpass project at the intersection was taking place collapsed due to a burst water pipe, resulting in a 12m deep hole on a 20m stretch.
No casualties were reported in the 9.30am incident and the stretch was then closed as it was deemed unsafe for the motorists.
It was reopened on Sept 29.
FT Minister declares a ban on soup kitchen from operating in the city,
July 3, 2014.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor announced a ban on soup kitchens operating within a 2km-radius in the city.
He also said the activity of feeding the poor encourages people to remain homeless and jobless as well as littering, thus compromising the cleanliness of the city.
The ban was met with dissent from various parties. However, after discussions with several non-governmental organisations, the ban was lifted and soup kitchens were allowed to operate as normal as
long as they ensured cleanliness
in the area.
MRT mishap, Aug 18, 2014
Three workers died at an MRT worksite near Kota Damansara, following the collapse of a span. The three Bangladeshi nationals were working on the 38m long span, weighing 650 tonnes when it was dislodged from a guideway under construction.
Kajang floods, Sept 9, Nov 12
and Dec 20, 2014.
Traders near the Kajang market expressed their frustration over the recurrent floods.
The year saw Kajang being hit thrice. The local authorities announced that a dry underground retention pond would be built to overcome the flood woes.
The plan for the project, expected to cost about RM1 million, is being discussed between the Kajang Municipal Council, Department of Drainage and Irrigation, Road Transport Department and Metro Kajang.
Petaling Jaya one-way loop system,
Oct 12, 2014
The one-way loop system introduced by the Petaling Jaya Muncipal Council resulted in a massive traffic congestion on its first day of implementation.
The roads involved in the loop are Jalan Sultan, Jalan Barat, Jalan Utara, Jalan Timur and Jalan Yong Shook Lin.
Many motorists, despite the signboards and barricades placed to inform them of the new directions, were confused and vented their anger by shoving the barricades and trying to take the regular route.
Nine KL roads renamed, Nov 26, 2014.
Nine roads in the city were renamed after rulers who have served as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The roads are Jalan Duta now known as Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim; Jalan Khidmat Usaha now known as Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah; Jalan Ipoh now known
as Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah; Persiaran Duta now known as Persiaran Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin; Jalan Khidmat Setia and Jalan Ibadah now known as Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin; Lebuhraya Mahameru now known as Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar; Persiaran Mahameru now known as Persiaran Tuanku Jaafar and Jalan Semarak now known as Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra. Compiled by Farhana Syed Nokman